20 Cases - Lessons Learned and Contribution of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) to the Sustainable Development Goals. | ABSCH-VLR-SCBD-253097 | Virtual Library Resource | Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House

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  published:24 Nov 2020

20 Cases - Lessons Learned and Contribution of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) to the Sustainable Development Goals.
2020 is a critical year for biodiversity. Despite the global pandemic, the process towards the adoption of a global biodiversity framework at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, postponed to 2021, is progressing. In addition, 29 October 2020 marked 10 years since the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). Against this background, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) are supporting a research project to highlight how access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) contributes to conservation and sustainable use, as well as to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project is carried out by Geo Media, the Institute for Biodiversity Network (IBN) and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT). It features a selection of ABS partnerships from different regions of the world. Based on these partnerships, which involve the use of genetic resources for commercial or scientific purposes, the project highlights lessons learned, emerging good practices and contributions to the SDGs. To date, 129 Parties to the CBD have ratified the Nagoya Protocol. However, many countries are still developing ABS measures or are in early stages of implementation. Hence there is relatively limited experience with putting ABS in practice in light of new obligations under the Nagoya Protocol. As a result, it remains a challenge to identify cases sufficiently advanced to be able to draw lessons and to assess contributions to the SDGs. For this reason, the relevance of ABS principles and measures in cases featured in this project differs, as does their approach to ABS in evolving legal frameworks. Cases show the range of ways in which ABS elements arise – from provider countries with no ABS measures and ABS measures adopted prior to the Nagoya Protocol to provider countries with ABS measures based on the Nagoya Protocol, if in early stages of implementation. Yet, in all these cases ABS principles were followed. In a number of these cases, actors involved were precursors of ABS implementation and have contributed to the identification of good practices. The cases also demonstrate that ABS has contributed to the SDGs in a variety of different ways. This document is the first project output, consisting in an overview of key ABS related elements for each of the 20 cases covered by the project. For each case, lessons learned as well as contributions to the SDGs are described. In addition, a compendium of cases will be prepared, containing a further analysis of 10 of these cases. This compendium will include an analysis of key findings and conclusions with respect to lessons learned, good practices and the contribution of ABS to the SDGs, on the basis of information gathered from all the cases.
Valerie Normand & María Julia Oliva, Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) (info@uebt.org) Susanne Müller & Suhel al-Janabi, GeoMedia GmbH (info@geo-media.de) Dr Nicole Nöske, Dr Luciana Zedda & Dr Axel Paulsch, Institute for Biodiversity Network (ibn) (info@biodiv.de)
- Organization: Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)
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  • Case study/good practice/lessons learned
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  • Providing technical guidance
  • Civil society organizations
  • General public
  • Government
  • National/Federal
  • Sub-national
  • Indigenous people and local communities
  • Intergovernmental organization
  • Media
  • Private Sector
  • Research / Academia
  • Ex-situ collections
  • 16. Nagoya Protocol on ABS
    • Key area 2: Capacity to develop, implement and enforce domestic legislative, administrative or policy measures on access and benefit-sharing
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