Access And Benefit Sharing In Tonga | ABSCH-VLR-SCBD-255676 | Virtual Library Resource | Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House

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  published: 11 Jun 2021

Access And Benefit Sharing In Tonga
Tonga has now completed a two-day workshop to help stakeholders action the Protocol at the national level. It was a mix of physical and virtual training. Participants at the workshop discussed the critical issues affecting Nagoya Protocol implementation in Tonga, creating awareness on issues related to ABS.
Angelica S
- Organization: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (sec. SPREP)
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (sec. SPREP)
Inter-governmental organization (IGO)
PO Box 240 Apia,
Phone: +685 21929,
Fax: +685 20231,
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
  • Raising awareness
  • Civil society organizations
  • General public
  • Government
  • Indigenous people and local communities
  • Media
  • Private Sector
  • Research / Academia
  • Ex-situ collections
  • 16. Nagoya Protocol on ABS
  • 17. NBSAPs
  • 18. Traditional knowledge
  • 19. Biodiversity knowledge
  • 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
  • Key area 5: Capacity of countries to develop their endogenous research capabilities to add value to their own genetic resources
  • 1.2 Raising awareness of the importance of GR and TK, and related ABS issues
  • 1.3 Mapping of relevant actors, including other relevant international instruments on ABS, and existing expertise for the implementation of the Protocol
  • 1.4 Mobilizing new and innovative financial resources to implement 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
  • 3.4 Promoting better understanding of business models in relation to the utilization of genetic resources
  • 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
  • 4.5 Enhancing the capacity of ILCs, in particular women within those communities, in relation to access to genetic resources and/or TK
  • 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
  • 5.2 Facilitating transfer of technology and developing infrastructure for research and building technical capacity to make such technology transfer sustainable
  • 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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