Explanatory Guide of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing now available in Spanish
19 March 2013 | News story
IUCN has launched the Explanatory Guide of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, in Havana, Cuba, during the workshop of the ABS LAC Regional Project. The guide was presented by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and IUCN Global Policy Unit.
Sonia Peña, Senior Policy Officer at IUCN in Geneva and co-author of the Guide, added that the guide is meant as a “simple, neutral and objective explanation of each article, seeking to resolve the ambiguities that exist in the Protocol and to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations.” The electronic version can be downloaded here.
In this publication, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre and Global Policy Unit present the results of a year and a half of cooperation and consultation with experts on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources (ABS) from different regions and international institutions.
The ABS guide is the fourth in a series of IUCN guides to promote a greater understanding of various international environmental agreements. The IUCN hopes that this will constitute an adaptive tool for capacity-building and awareness-raising on ABS, as well as an important reference for countries in their efforts to implement the Nagoya Protocol. It is intended to provide a deeper understanding about the legal frameworks of participating countries, as well as feedback on what elements and concepts that should be included within ABS contracts.
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