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IDLO Capacity Building Course for Lawyers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Region - Building Legal Frameworks to Implement the Nagoya Protocol

28 July – 1 August 2014, Rome, Italy

This IDLO capacity building course introduces participants to the essential requirements of the Nagoya Protocol, key technical resources available, and the latest research on country experiences with relevant legal frameworks.

The course combines the best elements of experiential learning methodologies with online information technology and global networking. The participant-centred learning approach assures that participants meet the course objectives through a combination of learning tools and techniques including e-learning, discussion forums, expert presentations, and interactive exercises.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to build capacities of national actors and accompany national processes to develop legislation and legal tools for the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 16 – ratifying and operationalizing the Nagoya Protocol. In particular, participants will be able to:

  • understand the concept of ABS as established by the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nagoya Protocol and related agreements
  • provide an overview of the obligations under the Nagoya Protocol and the associated national processes
  • understand the approaches taken by other countries to implement key components of the Nagoya Protocol
  • describe the domestic efforts to ratify and operationalize the Nagoya Protocol in their own country, and the status of and key stakeholders involved in legal review and reform processes
  • recall practical techniques and skills to design and facilitate interventions to accompany national legal processes to implement the Nagoya Protocol.


Lawyers from the ACP region interested in gaining skills to provide legal advice and build capacities of government and stakeholders to support national legislative processes to implement the Nagoya Protocol.

This event is organized by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the ABS Initiative.