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How and why to use the interactive map

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) applies to any place on this globe where biological diversity bears potential economic and scientific value.

The ABS Initiative collaborates with a range of national and international partners to bring the ABS process forward. Zones of intervention are the African continent and the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.

All three regions ― Africa, Caribbean and Pacific ― are rich in biodiversity and the possibility of actualizing its potential is great. The ABS Initiative has been active on the African continent since its 2005 inception. With the EU joining the Initiative as a donor in 2011, the zone of intervention was extended to the Caribbean and Pacific region.

In this section of the website you will find the ABS Initiative's activities structured according to their geographical settings. In some instances the Initiative cooperates with member organizations, for instance the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC). These organisations are also listed as they cover a certain number of countries.

There are two ways to retrieve information on events according to geographical setting.

Option 1: From the drop down menu below, choose a country or an international cooperation partner.

Option 2: On the world map, click the African, Caribbean or Pacific region respectively and choose the country or organisation.

Both methods lead you to a summary of the regions', countries' and organisations' activities on ABS and link to specific events by the ABS Initiative in the chosen setting.

Partner countries Countries with ABS Initiative activities