Final Report 2017-2021: Key Results and Lessons Learned from the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

Final Report 2017-2021: Key Results and Lessons Learned from the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

4 Oct 2021

For the last four years, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project worked alongside 23 countries and partners to develop and strengthen of national ABS frameworks, human resources, and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol, and thus, helping to unleash the potential of genetic resources as key drivers for the sustainable development. The project concluded in mid-2021 with promising results which are introduced in the recently published Report 2017-2021.

The report includes the main accomplishments achieved together with the lessons learned during the implementation. Also, it presents the identified opportunities to keep working towards a fully functional and effective system to access and use genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in a fair, transparent and equitable manner. Access the report here.

Thanks to the full cooperation and commitment of project countries, from 2017 to 2021, the following results were achieved:

  • 23 ABS legal frameworks were developed with the participation of all stakeholders including indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs), 8 of them already approved;
  • Capacities of national and state competent authorities and related agencies to develop, implement and enforce national ABS domestic legislation, administrative or policy measures for ABS have increased an average of 35%;
  • ABS political profile increased at a sectoral level within government by linking the national ABS framework with national policies on scientific and technological innovation, research and development, in one third of the countries through the development of bioprospecting strategies;
  • 33 biodiscovery projects were identified and strengthened with improved research capabilities to add value to their own genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources in 22 countries;
  • 28 Biocultural Community Protocols have been supported in 15 countries.

The Global ABS Project has promoted a truly global community of practice on ABS, the Global ABS Community. In direct partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV), this virtual platform not only served to increase the impact of national and regional activities and to generate resources in different languages. It helped to build partnerships and collaborative networks with existing ABS organizations in order not to duplicate and support as much as possible activities conducted by other partners, such as the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Bioversity, ABS Initiative, German cooperation and the Equator Initiative.

The Global ABS Community has allowed the project to continue and even to increase its support to countries under the hard conditions provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was able to adapt very quickly to this virtual environment generating opportunities to all, such as the Global ABS Conference (The ABS we ALL need) or the webinar series “Custodians of Biodiversity”, dedicated to indigenous peoples.

ABS is work in Progress. A second phase of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project is expected to continue to provide support to countries, indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as private sector, to implement effective and efficient ABS systems, through an integrated approach to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and Green Recovery. Stay tuned to learn more!

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