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Side Event

SECO/IISD Launch of the ABS-Management Tool: Best Practice Standard and Handbook for Implementing Genetic Resource Access and Benefit-sharing Activities

Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) International Institute for Sustainable Development(IISD)

Date and Time
22 January 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Sixth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (WG ABS 6)

The event will highlight use and further implementation of the ABS-Management Tool (ABS-MT), a best practice standard and a handbook that provides guidance and tools on ABS practice to help companies, researchers, local and indigenous communities, and governments ensure compliance with the Bonn Guidelines and ABS requirements under the Convention on Biological Diversity. It provides users and providers of genetic resources with a structured process for participating in—and making decisions about—ABS negotiations and the implementation of ABS agreements for access to and agreed use of genetic resources.