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Compliance with ABS requirements: Wishful thinking or reality? Experiences from the Hoodia Case

Working Group for Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa; South African San Council, University of Cape Town (South Africa), Church Development Service (Germany), Berne Declaration (Switzerland)

Date and Time
22 May 2008 18:15 - 19:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

Benefit-sharing agreements have been signed between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa and holders of traditional knowledge of the plant Hoodia, and different commercial users. A national law on ABS is also now in place in South Africa. Nonetheless many products are on the market that do not benefit the San. Free-riders remain unchallenged. During the side-event representatives of the San and stakeholders from southern Africa and Europe will discuss the need for further measures by provider and user countries to make ABS a reality.