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The 14th AASSA Regional Workshop - 29-31 March 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal
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The 14th AASSA Regional Workshop on

"Economic Prosperity through Research and Development in Natural Products"

 

29-31 March 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Jointly Organized by:

The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences inAsia (AASSA)

The Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)

 

Supported by:

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

 

The AASSA Regional Workshop on “Economic Prosperity through Research and Development in Natural Products” was held at Kathmandu, Nepal from March 29th to 31st, 2016. The Workshop was jointly organized by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA), and supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).

 

The global economy is expected to be growing continuously at 3.6% per year in coming decades by adding strains on the earth's limited natural resources and energy supply (IEA). Natural resources play an important role in the development of the community as well as the world. It has huge applications in the field of above-mentioned fields including medicine, and natural construction materials and many more.

 

Natural products are the substances found in nature. There is a linkage between these products with livelihoods, food and nutraceuticals, biodiversity conservation, utilization, modernization and ultimately to economic aspects of society and the nation. So these products have higher values in both economically subsistence and advanced countries. In this context, AASSA and NAST organized a three-day international workshop regarding economic prosperity through research and development in natural products for the betterment of life, economy and environment.

 

The main aim of the workshop was to share the various research outputs related to natural products linking them with socioeconomic, physical environment and policy prospects in order to widen the scope of this sector for further promotion.

 

The main themes of the workshop were:

 

• Capacity building and technology development

• Conservation and sustainable utilization of natural products

• Cooperation and advancement

• Impacts of climate change on  natural products

• Livelihood, commercialization and economic development

• Modernization and  R & D on natural products

• Policy and development initiatives

 

At the end of the Workshop, recognizing the diversity of natural plants and its importance in economic transformation, the members of both the organizations have made the following recommendations:

 

1. In the development of natural products, both the government and private sectors need to work closely. The success of this program will be entirely dependent on the commitment and support of the government.

 

2. The government needs to sustain this program to enhance the economic growth.

 

3. The government of Nepal has to provide the initial funding for realization of this project.

 

4. The funding system could be sixty: forty; where the government invests sixty percent while the private entity to invest forty percent.

 

5. The farming of plants will be in collaboration with the department of agriculture integrating scientific knowledge on local traditional knowledge and practices.

 

6. To make this project successful, various academies need to work in collaboration, The Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with researchers and industries

 

7. The government and private investors should keep 5-10 important plants in the priority list.

 

8. Establish key research laboratories and introduce the concept of contractual research.

 

9. Establish a functional institute for natural products research.

 

10. Establish regional collaborations especially with the laboratories in China, India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Turkey where experimental facilities exist for collaborative research.

 

11. Academic institutions and research organizations must fulfill the basic requirements to the value chain of the products in collaboration with private partners and share the benefits including IPR.

 

12. For natural products developed already through clinical trials, agreements must be made immediately between industries, academies and research organizations.

 

The program and recommendation of the workshop are given in attachments.

 

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