The power of biodiversity revealed
5 Jun 2020
This year, the theme of the World Environmental Day is “Time for Nature”, a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.
Now it is time to promote concerted efforts fostering transformative change, towards conservation of nature, restoration and its sustainable use. As per UNDP, the COVID-19 crisis proves that this shift is possible, and that a smart recovery guided by science can put in place the building blocks for long-term impact.
The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), when implemented, can shed some light on which paths to take to meet this goal.
ABS promotes research on genetic resources present on biodiversity, to deliver nature based solutions for a wide range of uses, such as medicines and cosmetic products, that bring many benefits for people. Most important, bio-prospection is conducted respecting the princpiples and consent of the custodiants of biodiversity and right holders of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
In this regard, ABS helps to reveal the potential of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, fostering bio-economies and accelerating progress towards achieving SDGs, including the biodiversity and climate goals.
One of the most remarkable research and development work undertaken within the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project is the one conducted in the heart of the Colombian Amazon, by researchers of the Instituto Amazónico de Investigaciones Científicas (SINCHI).
They are working on potential uses of genetic resources, chemical compounds and organisms for the benefit of human kind. Their endeavor shows how the sustainable use of nature through ABS can guide the way to develop innovative solutions for real life problems. Learn more on their work here.