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Lessons from the Pacific
Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the fair equitable Sharing Benefits Arising from their Utilization
The following ten countries, mostly ABS NFPs and representatives of the CNAs, accepted to present their respective access procedures during the 2017 ABS dialogue on the isle of Vilm (in alphabetical order): Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and Viet Nam. Completed by representatives of Mexico as the current presidency of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP), of EU member states CNAs, the European Commission, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the ABS Dialogue brought together around 40 participants from 19 countries in America, Australia, Asia and Europe.
The Brazil-EU project ‘Implementation of the Nagoya on ABS – 4th Phase continued the dialogue between Brazilian and European governments and sectoral experts. This fourth phase specifically aimed to strengthen the regulatory capacities of Brazil and the EU by promoting the traceability of genetic resource samples through the research and product development chain. The project focused on how information about the origin and conditions of access is made available along the supply and value chain, and how information on utilization and benefit generation are made available to Brazil (tracking, tracing and monitoring). While the Nagoya Protocol provides generic solutions, the detail is found in national or regional regulations and laws, and in stakeholder activities. It is in comparison of these that mismatches of expectation and requirements can be found and addressed, to the benefit of all. The project therefore sought to (i) characterize the main features and properties of tracking and monitoring systems for the providers and users of genetic resources (ii) identify the necessary workflows to manage such a system such a system, and (iii) discuss and characterise their main features to ensure practical implementation, including through interoperability with other systems, such as the ABS Clearing House of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It also considered robust and simplified mechanisms and tools to comply with the Nagoya Protocol, with the expectation that such tools would (i) provide legal certainty and consequently (ii) increase the interest and investment in knowledge and bioprospecting of Brazilian biological diversity, stimulating scientific and technological exchanges between Brazil and the EU, while (iii) protecting the interests of all stakeholders. This in turn would contribute to conservation and sustainable use of Brazil’s outstanding biodiversity. The booklet also presents a summary of the EU and Brazil's new ABS regulations.
Policymakers and other stakeholders often raise operational questions and seek practical and empirical information about patent disclosure requirements in relation to genetic resources and traditional knowledge. This authoritative study offers a comprehensive and scrupulously neutral overview of key legal and operational questions arising within this context.
Este documento presenta un inventario de las normas legales vigentes vinculadas al acceso de recursos geneticos desde los derechos de los pueblos indigenas, los conocimientos tradicionales colectivos, los derechos de propiedad intelectual, asi como los distintos tratados y convenios firmados por el pais, que se vinculan al acceso de los recursos geneticos. Tambien explora la actitud de algunos secotres de ciertos grupos sociolinguisticos en relacion a su participacion en el acceso a estos recursos geneticos. El documento hace tambien una revision de leyes de acceso a recursos geneticos vignetes en otros paises con caracteristicas similares a Guatemala. finalmene propone una serie de actividades orientadas a generar las bases para la discusion y desarollo de una propuesa de ley en acceos a los recursos geneticos que involucre a todos los sectores vinculados al mismo.