Botswana keeps sending forth its ABS regime

Botswana keeps sending forth its ABS regime

5 Feb 2020

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The Department of Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism and the United Nations Development Programme under the implementation framework of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” organized a four-day capacity building workshop from 28-31 January 2020 in Gaborone, Botswana.

The event was organized with the aim to strengthen national capacities of key ABS stakeholders and players i.e. (researchers, government authorities, technicians and members from the civil society) focusing on ABS contract drafting under the current Access and Benefit Sharing regime and using practical cases for its implementation.

Participants of the four-day capacity building workshop on ABS. Gaborone, Botswana, January 2020.
Participants of the four-day capacity building workshop on ABS. Gaborone, Botswana, January 2020.

Dineo Gaborekwe, UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project Officer in Botswana states:

“With the eminent drafting of the ABS Legal Framework in Botswana, there is need to have on the ground personnel that is well informed about ABS and how to effectively negotiate and draft the contracts and agreements”.

After this training workshop, the Interim ABS committee of Botswana is expected to consider and provide timely and effective response to ABS applications, duty that falls under the ABS National Focal Point of each country.

Mr. Timothy Moalusi, Registrer Industrial Property from Companies Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) giving closing remarks at the end of the workshop.

About the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in Botswana

The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” is a three-year project (August 2016-2019) that aims to assist 23 countries in the national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

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