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Workshop:

1st Pacific ABS Workshop

19-22 March 2012, Nadi, Fiji

This workshop prepared participants for upcoming discussions on transboundary genetic resources and compliance during ICNP-2.  Attendees were introduced to current approaches in implementing Nagoya Protocol provisions and learned about trends in research and development.

Coherent implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty for Plant Genetic resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) at the national and regional level is important for two reasons: to ensure the sharing of benefits from the utilization of genetic resources, and  to allow for the exchange of germplasm (in the case of emergencies) and the adaptation of varieties/breeds in light of climate change and its consequences.

Objectives

  • Support informed regional participation in the Second Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on ABS (ICNP-2)
  • Discuss approaches for addressing the transboundary nature of many biological and genetic resources
  • Discuss and elaborate on the national implementation challenges vis-à-vis bioprospecting trends and the interlinkages of ABS with other international agreements and processes.

Outcomes

Preparedness of stakeholders for the upcoming discussions on transboundary genetic resources and compliance during ICNP-2 was improved.

Understanding of the concept of ‘utilisation’ of genetic resources with regard to existing and future BR/GR supply chains was enhanced.

Challenges and capacity development needs for the future work under the ABS initiative were identified.

Twenty-six participants from ten Pacific Island States and Territories attended the workshop.

The event was organised by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the Australian Government.