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Jointly with partners, the ABS Initiative provides the following support packages which are tailored to meet the needs of countries depending on their progress towards the implementation of the Protocol.

  • Guidance on developing and implementing national institutional and legislative ABS frameworks, including permitting systems and administrative processes
  • ABS relevant technical trainings, for example on user sectors or intellectual property rights
  • Trainings on the negotiation of MAT clauses, including benefit-sharing, information on monitoring and compliance systems in user countries as well as on relevant market standards
  • Setting up of dialogue and exchange fora with ABS stakeholders
  • Identification of cooperation partners and innovation opportunities leading to ABS agreements
  • Specific awareness raising on ABS among relevant stakeholders such as policy makers, public administration, academia, private sector and IPLCs

In addition, the Initiative supports transboundary harmonization and exchange of experiences on ABS by offering (sub-) regional trainings and workshops in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

At a global level the ABS Initiative maintains an interface between national activities and international processes through participation in meetings and joint activities with international actors.


Jointly with partners, the ABS Initiative developed and applied a substantial amount of tools in three main areas:

  • Knowledge generation and Management
  • Human capacity development Tools
  • Awareness raising Tools

For the tools and approaches available please consult the Knowledge Center on this website.

Knowledge generation and Management

Knowledge generation and Management

The Initiative documents processes and reviews lessons learnt. It also fosters communication and learning among all its stakeholders.

Studies and assessments are conducted to stimulate discussion and support decision-making processes. The Initiative further develops conceptual approaches, i.e. on the harmonized national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resource for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

Last but not least, management and dissemination tools are used to compile and disseminate knowledge on ABS (e.g. ABS Initiative website and weekly ABS News Digest).

Human capacity development Tools

Human capacity development Tools

For the purpose of broadening the pool of experts and disseminators of ABS knowledge, the Initiative creates innovative formats of capacity development. Many of these tools are tailored to meet specific needs at national and local levels.

Examples are a basic ABS training for national focal points, a training course on building legal ABS frameworks for lawyers and multi-stakeholder strategy Workshops.

Awareness raising tools

Awareness raising tools

Awareness raising triggers reflection and action. Thus the ABS Initiative puts emphasis on developing communication tools. Some target lay audiences (e.g. videos to explain ABS and standard presentations), others focus on particular stakeholders’ needs at the national level (e.g. the ABS-CEPA Guide and fact sheets on the ABS relevant industrial sectors).