From 2 to 9 June, 2010 the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held the third round of training courses under the InWEnt programme “Regional Environmental Policy in the South Caucasus”. Three-day training courses focusing on “Legal Frameworks for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)” were carried out for staff members from the Environmental Ministries as well as other Ministries and NGOs in Georgia and Armenia. A third training will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 02 July, 2010. The final activity within this series of trainings will be an international seminar taking place in Bonn, Germany, in September 2010.
During the ABS trainings participants learned about the concept of ABS under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Bonn Guidelines (a nonbinding document designed to help CBD Contracting Parties implement national ABS regimes), the basics for drafting national legal ABS frameworks and negotiating ABS agreements, the current state of the negotiations of an international ABS regime under the CBD, as well as the concept of common pools of genetic resources as an instrument to improve effectiveness and justice of ABS. A variety of case studies and a role play actively involved participants and facilitated gap analyses of the existing legal and policy frameworks in the countries.
The series of training courses under the InWEnt programme is conducted by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus, in collaboration with Adelphi Research. Its objective is to contribute to the further development of the region's nature conservation policies and legislation in order to support approximation to the EU Aquis Communautaire.
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