Albania launches its new ABS legal framework

Albania launches its new ABS legal framework

1 May 2020

Albania has finalized the adaptation of its legal framework to meet the obligations arising from the Nagoya Protocol. This important progress towards access and benefit sharing took place on April 23rd, 2020, when the Albanian parliament approved the amendments made to the Law on the protection of biodiversity (N° 9587, dated July 20th, 2006).

This Law, drafted with the assistance of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Framework and Institutional Capacities for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol” of Albania, aims to identify and make operational the network of national authorities responsible for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the country.

Photo Credit: Daniela Tola, UNDP GEF Global ABS Project Albania.

Furthermore, through this act, it will be possible to establish mechanisms for Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) between providers and users of local genetic resources. In this way, the legal provisions for obtaining benefits from local communities that provide local genetic resources are addressed.

Albania adheres to the Nagoya Protocol since 2012 by Law no. 113/2012, of 22.11.2012 “On the accession of the Republic of Albania to the Nagoya Protocol On Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization” of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Learn more on Albania´s biodiversity here and on the biodiscovery case conducted with the support of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project here.

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