Access to Traditional Knowledge Bill receives support in NC

09 May 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) – Enacting the Access to Biological and Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge Bill into law will support local communities and protect the environment, said Member of Parliament (MP) Petrus Kavhura.
Speaking during the debate on the second reading of the Bill in the National Council on Tuesday, Kavhura said regulating access to biological, genetic resources and traditional knowledge is an important instrument that protects the cultures of Namibia.
The Bill is aimed at maintaining the rights of local communities over biological and genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge; and to establish the necessary administrative structure and processes for the implementation and enforcement of such principles.
Kavhura said the Bill also addresses Goal 15 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which amongst others aim to ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity and provide benefits essential for sustainable development.
MP Betty Kaula also noted that although the Bill recognises and supports local communities, it should focus on women who are farmers or working in agriculture.
The debate was postponed to Wednesday.