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Training course:

Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) for Access to Genetic Resources Supporting the Effective Implementation of the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

30 July – 3 August 2018, Nadi, Fiji

Hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and in cooperation with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.

The training course focused on developing skills in ABS and providing a more in-depth understanding of key elements of ABS contracts with respect to content, as well as negotiation process. In more detail the objectives of the training are to:

  • Gain an understanding of the overall role of mutually agreed terms in the context of ABS.
  • Identify and understand the various actors involved in ABS agreements and their differing interests and practices.
  • Learn how to find and understand the interest of your counterpart in ABS negotiations.
  • Comprehend the building blocks of ABS contracts, including object and purpose of the contract, third-party transfer and change of intent, benefit-sharing clauses, intellectual property rights (IPRs), compliance and enforcement.
  • Develop negotiation skills to conclude optimal and mutually beneficial ABS agreements.
  • To provide a platform for dialogue where national focal points and other representatives of relevant institutions potentially involved in ABS contracts negotiations can discuss and share concrete and practical experiences with ABS contracts and learn from each other.

The training course included experimental learning through group work and provided a set of tools and materials that participants could utilize in upcoming ABS contracts and negotiations.