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The ABS Capacity Development Initiative was established in 2006 to support the development and implementation of national regulations on "Access and Benefit Sharing" (ABS).

The ABS Initiative holds the unique position as a global information and knowledge broker on ABS with the goal to support its national implementation.

The guiding principles of the ABS Initiative's approach arise from the third objective of the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol which is in force since October 2014.

Our activities engage members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group of States) and other countries on the African continent. These activities are stakeholder- and topic-related or focused on the geographical setting.

In its current phase, the ABS Initiative focuses on contributing to the establishment of functioning ABS agreements between providers and users. It also supports several of its partner and cooperation countries in designing and implementing the required regulatory frameworks.

The multi-donor Initiative contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the principles for effective development cooperation as agreed at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in November 2011 (Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation).

Within this global context, the Initiative's goal is to better actualize the poverty alleviation potential of ABS at the nexus of natural resource management, trade and governance.

The Initiative is hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), funded by several governments and international organizations, and managed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The ABS Initiative's secretariat is based at GIZ headquarters in Eschborn, Germany.