A National Seminar on the sharing of experiences on the implementation of the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regime in Bhutan | ABSCH-CBI-SCBD-255769 | Capacity-building Initiative | Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House

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  published: 21 Jun 2021

A National Seminar on the sharing of experiences on the implementation of the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regime in Bhutan
  • Bhutan
June 18, 2018
June 18, 2018
National Biodiversity Centre (NBC)
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
Serbithang, Thimphu,
Post Box: 875, Bhutan
Phone: +975 2 351417, +975 2 350268,
Fax: +975 2 351219,
- Person: Mr. Mani Prasad Nirola
Mr. Mani Prasad Nirola
Sr. Biodiversity Officer, National Biodiversity Centre
Serbithang Thimthrom, Thimphu
Phone: +975-2-351218/ 351417,
Fax: +975-2-351219,
- Person: Mr Chencho Dorji
Mr Chencho Dorji
Head, BP and ABS Program, National Biodiversity Centre, BP and ABS Program
Serbithang Thimthrom, Thimphu
Phone: +975-2-351218/351417,
Fax: +975-2-351219,
ABS Seminar report final.pdf (/api/v2013/documents/EC66156E-DCB2-B06E-FD37-9AB9240CA4C1/attachments/ABS%20Seminar%20report%20final.pdf)
Detailed information
NBC has been spearheading the implementation of the project ‘Implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Bhutan’ since 2014 through UNDP-GEF funding. As part of the project, there are three pilot ABS agreements led by NBC, MSPCL and Bio Bhutan with the local communities of Loggchina Gewog in Chhukha, Langthel Gewog in Trongsa and Lingzhi and Dagala Gewogs in Thimphu to strengthen and mainstream ABS regime in Bhutan. As a result of these three ABS agreements, nine nature-based products were developed and were launched in April 2018. During the course of implementing the ABS project, there were lot of experiences, lessons learnt, opportunities and challenges faced by the different stakeholders. Therefore, a national seminar was held on 8th June 2018 to bring together all the stakeholders involved in the project and the implementation of ABS for sharing of experiences. The seminar was expected to build partnership between the local communities, private sectors, researchers and the ABS authorities involved in research and product development from biological resources and associated traditional knowledge in the country. The seminar was attended by 27 participants representing, UNDP CO Bhutan, MSPCL, Bio Bhutan, Department of Agriculture, National Organic Program, ARDC Yusipang, Department of Agriculture, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Norbu Healing Centre, Mountain Mist, Bhutan Cordyceps, Bhutan Organics, Thimphu Teck Park Limited and members of the Dzom Dagan Ngomen Tshogpa, Dagala, Thimphu Bhutan . The seminar was facilitated by the officials from NBC. NBC organized the workshop with financial support from the NPIF project supported by GEF-UNDP Bhutan.
  • Civil society organizations
  • Government
  • National/Federal
  • Sub-national
  • Indigenous people and local communities
  • Intergovernmental organization
  • Media
  • Private Sector
  • Research / Academia
  • Experiential learning (e.g. on-job training, field/study trip, staff exchange, etc.)
  • Provision of capacity development tools, resources and knowledge products
  • Workshops
Information on funding
  • Multilateral
Capacity-building outcomes
This platform brought together government agencies, private sectors, research institutions and local communities together to discuss about the ABS and share experiences about the implementation of ABS regime in the country. It also broadened the understanding of the private sectors especially user of the genetic resources to mainstream the ABS principles in their work process.
ABS Seminar report final.pdf (/api/v2013/documents/EC66156E-DCB2-B06E-FD37-9AB9240CA4C1/attachments/ABS%20Seminar%20report%20final.pdf)
Through the funding of the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund project, NBC in collaboration with the GEF- UNDP Bhutan implemented a project to develop legal, administrative and policy measures on ABS, build national capacities, and pilot the ABS schemes in the field (government to local community model, government to state owned company to local community model, and government to private company to local community model). Implementers of the pilots their satisfaction on the successful implementation of the pilot ABS scheme and affirmed that indeed ABS is a good concept and is practically implementable.
Access and Benefit Sharing Clearing-House (ABS-CH)
  • 1.2 Raising awareness of the importance of GR and TK, and related ABS issues
  • 1.5 Establishing mechanisms for domestic interagency coordination
  • 1.8 Reporting on measures taken to implement the Protocol
  • 2.5 Establishing institutional arrangements and administrative systems for ABS
  • 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
  • 3.4 Promoting better understanding of business models in relation to the utilization of genetic resources
  • 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
  • 4.6 Negotiating favourable MAT
  • 4.7 Increasing understanding of the obligations of Parties
  • 5.1 Developing and using methods for valuation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge
  • 5.3 Undertaking research and taxonomic studies related to conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of its components and bioprospecting
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