Jordan strengthens its ABS implementation in a workshop patronaged by H.R.H Princess Basma Bint Ali
The workshop “Implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) of Genetic Resources in Jordan: A practical approach”, organized by the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, will take place from July 17th to 18th in Sowayma, Jordan.
This event will be conducted under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Ali, Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Committee and Founder of the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan.
The two-day workshop will pursue three objectives: Firstly, it fulfils the last steps for the finalization and approval of the ABS bylaw that will fully operationalize the ABS procedures and legal framework in Jordan. Secondly, it will help finalizing the draft situation analysis of the bioprospecting/BioTrade sector in Jordan. To achieve this aim, ABS stakeholders will consider and validate a preliminary list of genetic resources (GRs), species and ABS products with business potential, among other tasks to be addressed. Finally, the workshop will support the formulation of the sector strategy for promoting or initiating research and biodiscovery partnerships and proactively engage the private sector in these areas.
Besides the remarkable participation of H.R.H Princess Basma Bint Ali, the workshop will feature prominent panelists and will gather experts from the Ministry of Environment, the Royal Botanical Garden, the National Agriculture Research Center, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan and from the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project.
About 40 participants confirmed, including government officials, civil society and international organizations, the pharmaceutical sector, universities and UNDP, among others.
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Jordan has ratified the Nagoya Protocol in 2014. Since then, the country has been advancing towards the sustainable and equitable use of genetic resources by developing a culturally acceptable, inclusive, and beneficial legal framework for implementing ABS in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity, becoming a reference within the region.