Launch of the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS

12 October 2012 | News story

On 10 October 2012, the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity was launched. At the 11th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties, the final English version of the Guide was presented by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit. This Guide will facilitate a clear understanding of the text of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the resulting obligations for the Parties to the Protocol.

The electronic version is available for download here. Hard copies can be requested from thomas.greiber@iucn.org. Translations into Spanish and French will follow at the beginning of next year. Furthermore, the launch provided an opportunity to update the audience on ABS activities and experiences undertaken through the Regional-GEF Capacity Building Project for Latin America and the Caribbean, executed by IUCN and its Regional Offices in South America and Meso America and implemented by UNEP-ROLAC in 8 countries in the region [more information].

This IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol is the result of a joint initiative by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit with regard to access and benefit-sharing. It is the latest Guide in the prestigious series of Explanatory Guides developed by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre which seeks to address a critical need within international law of conservation and sustainable development – to provide neutral expert analysis of the text of critical international documents (the series includes Explanatory Guides on the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture).

The main goal of this Explanatory Guide is to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations of the Parties under the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Furthermore, it will provide practical guidance for ABS implementation at the national level. The Guide is currently only available in English. Translations into Spanish and French will be available in the first quarter of 2013.