4 Must- Read Publications on the Nagoya Protocol for Policy Makers

4 Must- Read Publications on the Nagoya Protocol for Policy Makers

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commemorates its 10th Anniversary in October 2020. In this framework, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project has prepared a series of articles, with the purpose of bringing this issue closer to ABS stakeholders.

In this article, our Regional Specialists recommend four basic publications that any ABS practitioner and development professional should read.

Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. Fulfilling new obligations among emerging issues

This publication, released in 2019, focuses on the implementation of the post-Nagoya Protocol ABS legislation and practice based on a research project of the University of Bremen titled “New ABS legislation and practice and their compliance with the Nagoya Protocol”. 

The project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and headed by Dr. Evanson Chege Kamau, examines how countries are coping as well as complying with the Nagoya Protocol and to what extent available country experiences can provide solutions to similar issues in other countries.

In addition, the project examines how some of the issues that remained controversial or unresolved during the negotiations, or that have risen during the implementation phase are being resolved. Examples of such issues include questions about Digital Sequence Information (DSI); scope of provider rights; the role of databases and inadequate definitions of central CBD terminology such as genetic resources and utilization, among others. Download here.

Key Questions on Patent Disclosure Requirements for Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge

This study, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is an updated guide that offers a comprehensive and neutral overview of key legal and operational questions regarding genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

It focuses on the main questions that policymakers will need to consider at each stage of the policy development process, from the basic concepts to the different interests that may need to be balanced in introducing new patent disclosure requirements and the many different ways in which they might be designed. Access the recently released second edition here.

ABS is Genetic Resources for Sustainable Development

Published by the UNDP – GEF Global ABS Project, it highlights 27 biodiscovery cases in Africa (6), the Arab States (2), Asia (7), Central and Eastern Europe (2), Central America and The Caribbean (8) and Pacific Islands (2), showing hoy countries are “investing in biodiversity for people and planet”.

Supported by the UNDP GEF Global ABS Project, these countries explain how they are exploring and harnessing the research, commercial and socio-economic benefits of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in compliance to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol. Access here.

An Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing

This publication of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) aims to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations of the Parties under the Nagoya Protocol.

The guide, elaborated in collaboration with ABS experts from different regions and international institutions, serves as an adaptable tool for ABS capacity-building and awareness raising initiatives, as well as an important reference for countries in their efforts to implement the Nagoya Protocol and operationalize ABS in practice. Access here.

Find useful resources on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol at the Global ABS Community.

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