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Introduction to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol
9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

5 December 2013, Suva, Fiji

Participants received an introduction to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol and discussed model cases of the utilization of traditional knowledge and marine bioprospection in the Pacific region.

The session started with a general introduction to the key principles of the Nagoya Protocol and ABS through a screening of the film “People, Plants and Profit”. Focusing on the specific situation in the Pacific, an additional presentation addressed traditional knowledge and the potentials and challenges of marine bioprospecting in the region. In the second part of the session, participants engaged in a role play, experiencing some of the challenges that may arise during negotiations of ABS agreements among researchers, communities and government agencies. The session was concluded with an overview of the work of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) on value-chain approaches and support to ABS at the local level.

The high interest in this event proved once more that need for support regarding ABS is growing in the Pacific region.

Thirty-four representatives from governments, NGOs, research institutions and regional and global organisations attended the event.

This parallel session was part of the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas. It was organised jointly with Natural Justice and GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP).