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December  30,1999

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Ethiopia's Biodiversity not Properly Utilized: Institute

ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 30 (ENA) Despite the fact that, Ethiopia is one of a few countries in the world endowed with a variety of plant genetics, the country has not properly utilized its potential in biodiversity, Institute of Biodiversity and Research said.

At a press conference held here yesterday in connection with the International Day of Biodiversity, Acting Manager of the Institute, Dr. Abebe Demessie said Ethiopia is among the 12 countries with abundant biodiversity worldwide.

Although it has ratified the conventions for the conservation of biodiversity in 1994, Ethiopia was not entitled to benefit from the agreements reached.

The government and investors as well as the public at large should join hands to exploit the untapped biodiversity resources available in the country.

He said to use biodiversity with the support of modern technology, traditional herbalists and farmers should be aware of safeguarding their rights.