Environmental Law

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

The ELC has been working on ABS issues and supporting the negotiations relating thereto for over ten years.

The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources is one of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan created an international framework which provides for concrete measures, rules and procedures to implement the CBD´s third objective. 

A highlight of the ELP’s work on ABS in 2012 was the successful launch of 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 at the 11th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad, India.

At the national level, the ELC has been supporting the Saudi Wildlife Conservation Agency, an IUCN member, to draft a National Strategy for ABS. The draft National Strategy for ABS in Saudi Arabia was presented at a stakeholder workshop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in February. Based on the feedback received from representatives from different Saudi government ministries and agencies at the workshop, the draft strategy was finalized and submitted to the Saudi Wildlife Conservation Agency.

At the national level, the ELC has been supporting the Saudi Wildlife Conservation Agency, an IUCN member, to draft a National Strategy for ABS. The draft National Strategy for ABS in Saudi Arabia was presented at a stakeholder workshop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in February. Based on the feedback received from representatives from different Saudi government ministries and agencies at the workshop, the draft strategy was finalized and submitted to the Saudi Wildlife Conservation Agency.

 

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