The Namibian government has finalized its ABS legislation, now under consideration by the parliament. Funded by the "Biodiversity Management and Climate Change" project which is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the ABS Initiative supported the drafting of the regulations for this legislation.
Even without a legal framework, however, ABS regulations have been implemented. For instance, with support of BMZ and the ABS Initiative, benefit sharing agreements for indigenous natural products, such as Marula and Commiphora, have been developed. The ABS Initiative is further supporting discussions on a research and development center for biological and genetic resources. The objective of this regional center ― to be based in Namibia ― is to further shift parts of the value chain towards provider countries. A pre-feasibility study on an R&D platform targeting at the identification of active elements for the valorisation of genetic resources from Namibia and other Southern African countries has been finalized, outlining the possible legal setup of the platform, management and governance options. This serves as a basis for the actual feasibility study of the platform (including a draft business plan), commissioned by the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism.