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The ABS Clearing-House (ABSCH)

The ABS Clearing-House

Article 14 of the Protocol establishes the Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House (ABS Clearing-House) as part of the clearing-house mechanism under Article 18, paragraph 3 of the Convention. as a means for sharing information on access and benefit-sharing.
The ABS Clearing-House is a key tool for facilitating the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, by enhancing legal certainty and transparency on procedures for access and benefit-sharing and for monitoring the utilization of genetic resources along the value chain, including through the internationally recognized certificate of compliance. By making relevant information available regarding ABS, the ABS Clearing-House facilitates and increases opportunities for users and providers of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge to connect and create fair and equitable ABS agreements.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme