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3rd Caribbean ABS Workshop

24-27 November 2014, Saint Lucia

On 25-29 November 2013, the multi-donor ABS Capacity Development Initiative implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CCS) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) convened the 2nd Caribbean ABS Workshop in Kingston, Jamaica. The workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change of Jamaica and was attended by 44 participants from 13 Caribbean countries.

In cooperation with the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Jamaica, participants were exposed to several case studies showing how medicinally relevant properties of genetic resources, especially from marine ecosystems, and local traditional knowledge are investigated in scientific research.

The workshop adopted elements of a roadmap towards the ratification and national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the Caribbean region, which was finalised by the subsequent meeting of the Caribbean ABS Steering Group.


Building on the previous workshops, the 3rd Caribbean ABS Workshop is designed to further learn and share experience with the ongoing processes for ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol:

  • Share experiences and exchange views on legal and institutional issues regarding the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Identify gaps, capacity needs and practical actions towards the development or amendment of national ABS legislative, administrative and policy frameworks
  • Discuss approaches for valuation of Caribbean genetic resources and to overcome bottlenecks with regard to the transfer of Caribbean research results into the development and commercialisation phase
  • Elaborate the various elements of ABS-compliant value-chains, including possibilities to negotiate benefit-sharing agreement for existing value-chains
  • Further discuss possibilities to enhance regional cooperation.

Expected Outputs

  • Updated country roadmaps/action plans indicating specific national activities for ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
  • Development of a Caribbean ABS Roadmap for 2015
  • Suggestions for agenda items to be included in a forthcoming Caribbean conference on valuation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge
  • Suggestions of elements for a common Caribbean capacity building strategy on ABS


Up to two governmental delegates of the 16 Caribbean ACP Member States are invited, from governments, indigenous peoples, local communities, academia, NGOs, and industry.

Hosted by Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia in cooperation with the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Secretariat of the CBD and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.