New publication on access and benefit-sharing launched at the UN Biodiversity Conference
17 Nov 2018
The UNDP-GEF Global Access and Benefit-Sharing project is presenting its new publication ABS is Genetic Resources for Sustainable Development on Saturday 17th November 2018 to participants in the ongoing UN Biodiversity Conference holding at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
In line with the theme of the conference, this 244-page publication highlights how 27 countries from Africa (6), Arab States (2), Asia (7), Central and Eastern Europe (2), Central America and The Caribbean (8) and Pacific Islands (2) are “investing in biodiversity for people and planet”.
Assisted by the project, these countries have articulated in writing very impressive cases of how they are exploring and harnessing the research, commercial and socio-economic benefits of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in compliance to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol.
Some of these cases include how Ethiopia is harnessing the cosmetic potential of Osyris (Santalaceae), how Jordan is using genes of wild relatives from the Fertile Crescent to improve the resistance of lettuce to fungal diseases, how Kazakhstan is extracting novel wound-healing and anti-inflammatory phyto-products from liquorice root, how Albania is examining bilberry’s potential for treating diabetes and coronary diseases, how Colombia is developing and producing a blue dye from Genipa americana with industrial and commercial application, and how Cook Islands is leveraging traditional knowledge on bone and cartilage regeneration from “Au”.
In addition to making presentations at the conference, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS project is facilitating dialogues between policy-makers, research institutions and private sector to introduce the Global ABS community and stimulate participation of the private sector in ABS initiatives at the country level.
The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project is implemented by UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) to assist 24 countries in developing and strengthening their national Access to genetic resources and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) frameworks, human resources and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol over a three-year period.