Tag Article | Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House

Who is the ABSCH for?

 31 May 2018 18:32

Parties and Non-Parties

By publishing national information on the ABSCH, Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, and other governments, help both users and providers of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. Users can find the information they need to access genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, while providers will find tools to monitor the utilization of these resources. Parties have an obligation to use the ABSCH to share certain information of particular importance to the implementation of the Protocol. Non-Parties to the Protocol are encouraged to share information through the ABSCH under the same conditions as Parties do.

 

Indigenous people and local communities (IPLCs)

IPLCs can use the ABSCH to share information on how to access traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources, such as community protocols and procedures, and customary laws. They can also access and contribute to the ABSCH with awareness-raising and capacity-building materials on ABS in their own indigenous languages.

 

Private sector and research institutions

Private sector and research institutions utilizing or seeking access to genetic resources can also benefit from the ABSCH by finding reliable and up-to-date information on how to access genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. They can also use the ABSCH to share information on the model contractual clauses, codes of conduct, guidelines and best practices that they have developed.

 

Organizations involved in capacity-building for the Nagoya Protocol

Organizations involved in capacity-building for the Nagoya Protocol can share capacity-building resources and materials and information on their projects or activities, including lessons learned from their implementation. In exchange, they are able to access information on projects or resources registered by other actors, and therefore, create opportunities for capitalizing best practices and developing coordinated approaches to building and developing capacity.

 

International and non-governmental organizations and others

International and non-governmental organizations and others can raise awareness and promote capacity building on ABS through the ABSCH. The ABSCH offers a space to share materials, general literature, and learning material related to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol. These resources can contribute to promote ratification and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, as well as increase opportunities for collaboration among the ABS community.