Four Webinars to approach the Nagoya Protocol in its 10th Anniversary

Four Webinars to approach the Nagoya Protocol in its 10th Anniversary

In 2020, the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and fair share of benefits that arise from its use celebrates a decade and faces new challenges that emerged in the last few years as science, technology and data management progresses.

Some of the hot topics under discussion are the use of Digital Sequence Information (DSI), blockchain technology to track compliance with the Nagoya Protocol, private sector engagement and new tools for monitoring the use of genetic resources.

Following, you will find four webinars, available through the Global ABS Community, that collect entry points and experiences all over the world to shed some light on these issues.

ABS & Digital Sequence Information (DSI)

Since the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancun, Mexico, the discussion on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization (ABS) has re-emerged. The utilization through novel scientific methodologies of information and data relevant to biodiversity rather than using physical genetic resources is seen as possibly undermining the benefit sharing objective of the Convention, and therefore its integrity.

During CBD COP 14 the debate on how to deal with ABS for “Digital Sequence Information (DSI)”has been intense. Divergent views were expressed on what is covered under this term and which term is best used; if and how access to and utilization of DSI should be governed, and which modalities of benefit sharing would be appropriate. This issue is now being treated intersessionally by CBD, with a goal to reach an agreement, within the overarching context of the post-2020 framework.

In this Webinar, four experts presented different approaches and practical examples of how the issue can be handled at the national level, without necessarily waiting for a multilateral solution at the international level.

Access here to the recording of the session and the presentations shared during the event.

Blockchain as an Innovative Tool to Improve the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

In this Webinar, specialists in the topic provide in a basic and understandable format the idea behind blockchain as well as a practical and current example of how the technology is currently used in Ecuador to track fair-trade chocolate and potential bioprospection opportunities related to genetic resources.

Access here to the recording of the session and the presentations shared during the activity.

IT Tool for Monitoring Access and Benefit Sharing

This webinar presents the experience generated in India at the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), through the Indo-German Biodiversity Partnership (implemented by GIZ), to monitor Indian genetic resources through the creation of an online ABS monitoring system linked to the ABS permit system.

The session also approaches the IT tool main features and its possible utilization in third countries, databases, information and tools that feed the mechanism (Biodiversity informatics, geographical data, scientometrics, patent analytics, the use of web services, among others).

Access here to the recording of the session and the presentations shared during the event.

Private Sector Experiences on ABS: Challenges and Recommendations

Although many companies from the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, agriculture, biotechnology and other sectors use genetic resources for the development of products that are essential to society and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the knowledge of these sort of partnerships in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol is still scarce.  

This webinar presents three experiences of private sector companies from the cosmetics, food and fragrance industry that use genetic resources under national ABS regulations, to uptake lessons learned: Provital Group (Mexico), Symrise and Cosmo International Ingredients (Colombia).

Access here to the recording of the session and the presentations shared during the event.

To access other ABS related content, visit the Global ABS Community . Please note that content is available for members only. Register here.

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