Ratification and Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the countries of the Pacific Region | ABSCH-CBI-SCBD-238839 | Capacity-building Initiative | Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House

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Capacity-building Initiative (CBI)

  published: 21 Jun 2021

Ratification and Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the countries of the Pacific Region
GEF Project ID: 5634
Regional or sub-regional
  • Asia-Pacific - Pacific Small Islands countries
June 1, 2016
July 1, 2022
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
P.O.Box 30552 - 00100
00100, Kenya
Phone: +254207624012,
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (sec. SPREP)
PO Box 240
, Samoa
Phone: +685 21929,
Fax: +685 20231,
Emails: sprep@sprep.org,
ABS Capacity Development Initiative (ABS CDI)
Postfach 5180 - 65726
, Germany
Phone: +49 6196 79-0,
Pacific ABS Project Document_18.04.16 (002).pdf (/api/v2013/documents/080CC087-BA17-A411-8F4F-74D02314D895/attachments/Pacific%20ABS%20Project%20Document_18.04.16%20(002).pdf)
Detailed information
The project consists of four project components as follows. Component 1 will prepare a baseline analysis to identify common assets (particularly relating to traditional knowledge), issues and needs between countries. This common understanding will then be used as the basis for collective policy development on a regional basis. The component will also develop a roster of technical expertise available locally within the region, and identify initiatives with the potential to support implementation of the Protocol. Component 2 will assist countries to ratify the Protocol through supporting national authorities. This will include scoping studies to identify any gaps in existing laws and regulations at national level, analyses of implications of ratification, public awareness of the Protocol, workshops targeting parliamentarians and other decision-makers as well as increasing understanding of the importance of genetic resources as a source of innovation/driver for benefitsharing in the national economies, support for drafting of national law/regulation/policy proposals as well as other documentation required for ratification. On completion all countries will have developed policies and regulatory frameworks that meet the provisions of the Protocol. Component 3 will establish an enabling environment for the implementation of basic provisions of the Protocol. This will include stocktaking and assessment of capacities and systems currently in place, development or review of strategy and action plans for the implementation of ABS measures, building capacity among stakeholders with particular emphasis in the Government agencies in charge of making the Protocol operational, laying supportive groundwork for countries to take advantage of biodiscovery and commercialisation opportunities under the Protocol, and developing supportive institutional frameworks for protecting traditional knowledge, innovations and practices and customary uses of biological and genetic resources. Component 4 addresses regional coordination and technical support. This component will bring together the participating countries at least twice during the life of the project to allow for the maximum level of exchange and networking, and will allow the Executing Agency, the Implementing Agency, and the executing partners in countries and regionally to better coordinate actions to deliver assistance to the countries and come together in a coherent and united front on ABS related issues. This will be supported by the development of a regional communication and technical support mechanism to support national decision-makers. It will support the early development of provisional measures to ensure interim implementation of the Protocol post ratification in situations where the national legal framework has yet to be established. This component also covers technical support to the project, including monitoring and evaluation activities, as well as strategic project planning and coordination. 4
  • Government
  • National/Federal
  • Indigenous people and local communities
  • Intergovernmental organization
  • Media
  • Private Sector
  • Research / Academia
  • Ex-situ collections
  • Experiential learning (e.g. on-job training, field/study trip, staff exchange, etc.)
  • Online forums and networks
  • Online learning (e-learning modules, webinars, etc.)
  • Provision of capacity development tools, resources and knowledge products
  • Institutional capacity development
  • Provision of legal/technical support
  • Research/analysis
  • Trainings
  • Workshops
  • Technical & Scientific Cooperation
Information on funding
  • Multilateral
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
, United States of America
Phone: +1 (202) 473-0508,
Capacity-building outcomes
Access and Benefit Sharing Clearing-House (ABS-CH)
  • Key area 1: Capacity to implement and to comply with the obligation of the Protocol
  • Key area 2: Capacity to develop, implement and enforce domestic legislative, administrative or policy measures on access and benefit-sharing
  • Key area 3: Capacity to negotiate mutually agreed terms
  • Key area 4: Capacity needs and priorities of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders, including the business sector and the research community
  • 1.1 Enabling ratification of, or accession to, the Protocol
  • 1.3 Mapping of relevant actors, including other relevant international instruments on ABS, and existing expertise for the implementation of the Protocol
  • 1.5 Establishing mechanisms for domestic interagency coordination
  • 1.6 Employing the best available communication tools and Internet-based systems for ABS activities including providing information to the ABS Clearing-House
  • 1.7 Developing mechanisms to monitor the utilization of genetic resources, including the designation of checkpoints
  • 1.8 Reporting on measures taken to implement the Protocol
  • 2.1 Developing a domestic policy framework on ABS
  • 2.2 Taking stock of existing domestic measures to identify gaps in light of the obligations of the Protocol
  • 2.3 Setting-up new or amending existing ABS legislative, administrative or policy measures with a view to implementing the Protocol
  • 2.4 Developing regional model legislation
  • 2.5 Establishing institutional arrangements and administrative systems for ABS
  • 2.6 Developing procedures for granting or refusing to grant prior informed consent (PIC)
  • 2.7 Promoting compliance with domestic legislation or regulatory requirements on ABS
  • 3.1 Promoting equity and fairness in negotiation of MAT, including through training in relevant legal, scientific and technical skills
  • 3.2 Developing model sectoral and cross-sectoral contractual clauses
  • 3.3 Developing and implementing pilot ABS agreements
  • 4.1 Participating in legal, policy and decision-making processes
  • 4.2 Developing minimum requirements, as appropriate for MAT to secure the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of TK
  • 4.3 Developing community protocols in relation to access to TK and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of that knowledge
  • 4.4 Developing model contractual clauses for benefit-sharing arising from the utilization of TK
  • 4.7 Increasing understanding of the obligations of Parties
Additional Information