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Dialogue on Practical Ways Forward for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

30-31 January 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

Organised by the ABS Initiative and hosted by the Government of South Africa.

In collaboration with the governments of Brazil, India and South Africa, the ABS Initiative commissioned national studies in each of these countries with a view to learn from their experience with past ABS implementation.  


Taking into account the results of the national studies, the main objective of this dialogue was to provide an opportunity to:

  • Exchange experiences and lessons learnt with respect to past ABS implementation.
  • Exchange views and discuss approaches and practical ways forward for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, in particular its compliance related provisions.


Constructive discussions and group reflection contributed to:

  • A better awareness of the similar challenges faced by countries with regard to ABS implementation and in particular with new obligations included in the Nagoya Protocol.
  • A better knowledge and understanding of other countries’ circumstances and of approaches adopted to implement ABS and adaptation strategies developed to address the Nagoya Protocol.
  • A better awareness of their respective country’s own area(s) of expertise/strengths that could be shared with other countries and that, if well-adapted, could provide solutions to address other countries’ local realities.
  • A better understanding of the key obligations and innovative elements contained in the Nagoya Protocol, in particular its compliance related provisions.

Participants identified key lessons learnt and common challenges, especially with respect to compliance measures, which could inform the development of tools and/or a roadmap with shared objectives towards the ratification and the effective national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

Participants also underlined the usefulness of such a dialogue in order to learn from each other and build their own capacity to implement effective ABS systems that will contribute to economic growth and development in their respective countries.


35 representatives of governments from Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Cameroon, Morocco, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands and the European Union (EU), including some representatives from Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs), national research institutes, universities, civil society and the private sector as well as industry experts.

The results of this dialogue were presented at a side event at ICNP 3 in South Korea in February 2014.