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The ABS Initiative & ABS Compliant Biotrade Value Chains

From the beginning, the ABS Initiative has directly supported the development of ABS-compliant value chains in Africa. We have been raising awareness on ABS among companies in the so-called provider and user countries, incorporating these actors in dialogues with other stakeholder groups, and supporting the completion of ABS agreements between users and providers of genetic resources and the associated traditional knowledge.

Due to the complexity of the ABS landscape, understanding the relevant obligations and negotiating benefit sharing agreements, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative has joined together with UEBT and PhytoTrade Africa to provide actors involved in BioTrade with support.

Opens external link in new windowUEBT (Union for Ethical BioTrade) is an independent non-profit organization, which promotes Opens internal link in current windowsourcing with respect for people and biodiversity in accordance with its Opens external link in new windowUEBT BioTrade Standard.

Opens external link in new windowPhytoTrade Africa is a non-profit trade association that helps African rural producers in southern Africa to develop and market their plant-based natural products for export. 

In February 2018, the ABS Initiative started the project “ABS Compliant Biotrade in South(ern) Africa” (Opens internal link in current windowABioSA), which is financed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Opens external link in new windowSECO).

Opens internal link in current windowSo what do we mean by ABS compliant value chains? What is the difference between biotrade and BioTrade? What is the link between BioTrade and ABS?