Capacity Assessment for Access and Benefit Sharing and Preservation of Traditional Knowledge in Pakistan

Goal and Objective
To undertake in-depth consultations on the complex issues of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and capacity need assessment on Traditional Knowledge by local and indigenous communities in Pakistan


The Project has the following outcomes:

1. Mobilisation
Identification and engagement of relevant staff, identification of focal persons in the federal and provincial governments and establishing liaison with them, and setting up of systems required for project implementation. This will also include developing a detailed list of partners and stakeholders.

2. Draft ABS Law
The existing draft ABS law shall be reviewed in the backdrop of recent developments under the 18th Amendment and the Nagoya Protocol.  Taking guidance from the stakeholder consultations and discussions, the draft law will be refined into a draft Act that can be presented to Parliament.

3. Capacities on ABS and Traditional Knowledge
A desk review and consultative process shall be carried out by IUCN to assess the capacity needs of the relevant stakeholders to benefit from advantages arising from the developments on Access and Benefit Sharing and Traditional Knowledge, transfer, access, and sharing of technology in all provinces and the federal mechanism.

3. Status report on traditional knowledge
A comprehensive report shall be prepared by IUCN on the existing forms of traditional knowledge, its custodians, institutions involved and steps required to bring this concept under some institutional and systematic framework.

Forestry Wing, Ministry of Climate Change

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

Geographic coverage

One year (March, 2011 – March, 2012)

Budget & Donor
Budget: US$ 180,950/-
Donor: Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Mahmood Akhtar Cheema
House No 2, Street 83, Sector G-6/3, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92  51 2831372-80
Fax: +92 51  2831371
Email: mahmood.cheema@iucn.org