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Workshop:

1st ABS Workshop for the Caribbean Region

3-4 September 2012, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The event provided examples of building national ABS systems and gave an overview of Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) activities. The ratification and implementation process around the Nagoya Protocol were discussed. Country and stakeholder needs which can be dealt with in the context of the ABS Initiative, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD and CARICOM were identified..

Objectives

  • Provide an overview about the state of negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol.
  • Exchange information and experiences with regard to ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
  • Provide examples of building national ABS systems and regulating bioprospection and utilisation.
  • Exchange information and experiences about national legislation to grant rights over genetic resources and traditional knowledge to indigenous peoples and local communities and to involve them in decision making procedures.
  • Share information and experiences with regard to bioprospecting cases of and commercial utilisation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
  • Provide an overview about the CARICOM activities for supporting the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
  • Develop and prioritise a list of national and stakeholder needs that can be dealt with in the context of the ABS Initiative.

Outcome

Participants elaborated possible support and activities by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the SCBD  and CARICOM.

Participants included national delegates of the 16 Caribbean ACP Member States , selected regional and national representatives of indigenous peoples, academia, NGOs and industry, resource persons of the SCBD, the CARICOM and the ABS Initiative.