[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment announced that it will operate a joint help desk from Aug. 28 for supporting the industry in relation to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The event was organized as the Act on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing was enacted from August 18 this year for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
When the law is enforced, companies that want to import and use overseas genetic resources are required to obtain approval for the use of the genetic resources and to report related facts to the national inspection agency, in case the resource provider has prepared procedures for implementing the Nagoya Protocol.
Accordingly, related companies should identify the origin of the imported genetic resources and check the laws of the respective countries.
However, it is a reality that companies have difficulties in identifying the trends and information of various countries and complying with relevant implementation procedures.
In order to support the difficult reality of such companies, the joint help desk of the related ministries informs the trends, laws and procedures of the Nagoya Protocol related parties.
“We hope that all companies involved in the Nagoya Protocol can use this joint-site help desk to solve questions and concerns, and utilize it as a good opportunity to develop appropriate response strategies,” said an official from the Ministry of Environment.
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