National Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol - Key Challenges and Practical Ways Forward
The ABS Capacity Development Initiative is supporting a series of activities to facilitate the exchange of experiences with Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) implementation and to support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
In collaboration with the Governments of Brazil, India and South Africa, the ABS Initiative commissioned national studies to review each country’s experiences with Access and Benefit Sharing. Lessons learned from these experiences will inform the global implementation of the Protocol.
These studies provide background information in preparation for two dialogues organized respectively in India and South Africa. In addition, based on these studies comparative tables highlighting key elements of national ABS frameworks in each country were also prepared.
The first Dialogue on Practical Ways Forward for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol was hosted by the Government of South Africa on 30-31 January 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa and the second Dialogue on the same topic co-organized with the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India, from 4-6 August 2014 in Goa, India.
Both events served as successful international exchange platforms between representatives from a selection of countries.
The focus of the first dialogue was to learn from past experience with ABS implementation with a view to inform the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The second dialogue dealt with key challenges and the instruments/approaches that are being considered by countries for the implementation of the Protocol, taking into account the lessons learned from past practice and obligations under the Nagoya Protocol.