ABS Biodiscovery case in Mexico
The local development of an herbal product for the cosmetic industry is guided by traditional knowledge under the Nagoya Protocol.
Ten years ago, at the Mexican state of Queretaro, in the Charape-La Joya Ejido community, Mrs. Eulalia Moreno with her two daughters founded Women & Environment (W&E), a community-based initiative, supported by the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ), to improve the livelihoods of town’s residents through a micro-business focused on the sustainable use of plants.
In 2016, W&E started working in collaboration with the Spanish Company Provital S.A., on the development of plant-based cosmetics. Both organizations, inspired by the Nagoya Protocol guidelines, initiated the path to obtain the Internationally Recognized Certificate of Compliance for access to a plant useful for cosmetics purposes and its associated traditional knowledge.
By 2017, after completing all the processes, Provital S.A. turned into the first cosmetic ingredients supplier worldwide to fully fulfil the Nagoya Protocol requirements, and, initiated work with the community and UAQ. “We receive a lot of help from the university and Provital, in learning techniques, using materials and economic planning. I’m sure that what we are doing will bring more benefits to the community and more people will work with us”, said Rosa Balderas, member and founder of W&E.
The experience, supported by the UNDP-GEF ABS Project in Mexico, and chosen as one of the 2020’s Equator Prize winners, is contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (No Poverty), 5 (Gender Equality), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 15 (Life on Land).
Read more about this biodiscovery case here.