12 December 2020, high-level dialogue on Convention on Biological Diversity and Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (AGRBS) was held in Kathmandu. LAHURNIP has carried out in-depth research study on the good practices of the implementation of the Convention in different countries. The aim of the study is to suggest the government of Nepal to legislate the law to implement the Convention.
The government has drafted the bill on AGRBS and is still under consideration for the discussion among the concerned stakeholders, and has not yet been forwarded to the parliament.
High level officials of the Ministry of law, Tharu Commission, Indigenous Commission, and National Foundation for the Development Indigenous Nationalities have contributed to the dialogue. Yogeshwar Rai, an Expert (Applied Ecology, Engineer Ecologist) and Indigenous rights activist - who involved in the research work - has presented the findings and recommendations of the study.
The high level officials are committed to making advocacy to include the recommendations of study into the draft bill and suggested for the Indigenous Peoples to put pressure on parliamentarians based on this study.