Brazil gathers 90 ABS practitioners to exchange regulatory experiences on an International Workshop
24 Sep 2019
The city of Brasilia was the chosen scenario for the “International Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing:Exchange of regulatory experiences”, an event organized by the GEF-BID ABS Project in Brazil, implemented by the Ministry of Environment of Brazil in partnership with UNDP starting on September 18th to September 20th, 2019.
The workshop gathered around 90 participants, from different government departments, right holders (indigenous peoples and local communities), stakeholders (researchers, research institutions and private sector) and international panelists.
Challenges faced by countries implementing ABS regulations are quite similar hence solutions can often be shared and adapted to different contexts. In this regard, the workshop was an opportunity to exchange experiences in internalizing the Nagoya Protocol from Peru, Japan, Africa and Brazil, as well as from a global perspective.
The workshop was opened by Mr. Eduardo Camerini (Ministry of Environment) and Ms. Maristela Marques Baioni (UNDP) who highlighted the relevance of the ABS system in the country and the need to further adjust it to make it fully operational.
Following sessions introduced the strategic vision of Brazil and the experienced difficulties and innovations in the last 20 years of implementation of the ABS regime. During the session, a very interesting debate was opened, involving researchers, private sector and the indigenous peoples and local communities.
After that, Alejandro Lago, Global Manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project presented the project´s achievements in the 23 countries covered, including the Global ABS Community platform and its new functionalities and services, which will be launched in the next few days (ABS Legal Clinics and ABS Business Facility).
Mr. Pierre du Plessis, ABS technical advisor to the African Union Commission, followed with a presentation in which he summarized the status of the implementation of ABS systems in Africa. Furthermore, he raised awareness on the need of addressing Digital Sequence Information during COP 2020 from a multilateral perspective.
Moreover, Mr. Andrés Valladolid, President of the National Commission against Biopiracy of Perú, presented the work conducted by the Commission in the detection of worldwide patents related to the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge from Peru.
Finally, Ms. Rie Funabiki, International Affairs Division and Patent Organizer of the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation of Japan(NITE), introduced the ABS system, in particular the 2017 User of Genetic Resources Guidelines.
The final session consisted in a round table on ABS perspective in the post- 2020 discussions with all the international panelists and participants.
“Brazil is a key player with a slightly different ABS approach in the region, but with similar challenges. This was, no doubt, a unique opportunity to understand the new ABS system in Brazil, its concerns and issues raised by the different right- holders and stakeholders”, concluded Alejandro Lago, UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project Global Manager.
To access the recordings of the different workshop sessions, click here.