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Guyana

The 2006 Amerindian Act of Guyana established mechanisms to grant land rights to recognized indigenous or Amerindian communities, including ownership over their genetic resources. Prior informed consent by Amerindian communities is required to enter their territories and to undertake research on their genetic resources and traditional knowledge. With the assistance of the ABS Initiative, the Justice Institute Guyana analyzed the implications of the Amerindian Act on the current implementation process of the Nagoya Protocol. Policy recommendations for a national ABS Act have been developed and an awareness raising campaign initiated at a workshop with representatives of Amerindian communities and the National Toshaos Council in December 2013. The event was hosted by the Justice Institute with the support of the ABS Initiative.