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Launch of an IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and Experiences from ABS Implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Date and Time
10 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

This side event will present the results of two recent initiatives undertaken by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with regard to access and benefit-sharing (ABS). Since ICNP 1, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit in collaboration with different partners have developed an Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. This Guide facilitates a clear understanding of the text of the ABS Protocol and the resulting obligations for the Parties to the Convention. Furthermore, it provides practical guidance for its implementation at the national level. The side event will launch the final publication of the IUCN Guide in English language which was developed with the financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Translations into French and Spanish, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, will be ready in early 2013. Furthermore, the IUCN Regional Office for Latin America will present the results of its GEF-funded activities to strengthen the implementation of ABS in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the usefulness of the IUCN Explanatory Guide for these purposes.