[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Korea Forest Service announced that it is preparing for a response with related ministries to the implementation of the Act on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing under the Nagoya Protocol.
The Nagoya Protocol was adopted at the 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and came into effect internationally in 2014. Korea became a party on August 17, 2017.
Countries that have become parties have come up with specific legislation to protect their biological sovereignty. The Korean government enacted the law on January 17, 2017, and it will be implemented on August 18, 2018, after a grace period of one year after becoming a party.
Relevant ministries organized a task force and are preparing an integrated reporting system for national convenience.
It is estimated that there are about 20,000 species in the forests that make up 64% of the country. The Korea Forest Service plans to find materials to reduce the burden of using overseas genetic resources, and to strengthen the collection, preservation and characterization of forest resources.
“In order to protect the domestic bio-sovereignty and to relieve the burden on companies' use of overseas biological resources, we will continue to improve related laws and find useful forest resources,” said an official from the Korea Forest Service.
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