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Workshop:

2nd Caribbean ABS Workshop

25-29 November 2013, Kingston, Jamaica

Participants discussed strategic approaches for initiating national processes for the ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, exchanged experiences with the rights of indigenous and local communities (ILCs) and shared information on existing permit systems for biodiversity research.

This workshop built on the results of the 1st Caribbean ABS Workshop, the Second Regional Workshop on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP-11).

Outcomes

  • An enhanced understanding of strategic approaches to support ratification and national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Deeper knowledge on how to integrate ABS issues in existing systems of biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of biodiversity and income creation for local communities
  • Better awareness and knowledge of ABS related economic opportunities in the Caribbean (e.g., marine bioprospection)
  • Better awareness of various approaches to recognise the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities over their genetic resources and associated knowledge
  • Identification of specific bioprospecting and utilisation cases that can be further elaborated as model cases in the context of the ABS Initiative

Based on the above, recommendations on regional ABS issues were formulated. Elements of a roadmap towards the ratification and national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol were adopted.

Participants

Forty-three representatives from 16 Caribbean ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) Member States, indigenous peoples, local communities, academia, NGOs, industry and the private sector attended the workshop.

The event was organised in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It was hosted by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica.