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Side Event #2876


Date Thursday
2018.11.22 @ 13:15
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Room Siwa - Business and Industry Organizations Room
Building 1
Capacity: 60 people
Conference COP 14 / CP-COP-MOP 9 / NP-COP-MOP 3
Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Community exchanges: An empowering approach to disseminating ABS learning
Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


Access and benefit-sharing can only succeed if indigenous peoples and local communities, who are the holders of traditional knowledge and – often – the custodians of genetic resources, are involved in a meaningful way. Acknowledging their important role, the Nagoya Protocol grants rights to IPLCs, including the right to prior informed consent and the negotiation of mutually agreed terms. Many IPLCs across the world recognize this potential and engage strategically and pro-actively in ABS and related processes. They launch local initiatives to valorize their biological resources, engage in the preservation and utilization of their traditional knowledge and establish strategic partnerships for sustainable livelihoods.


Learning from each other’s experiences can further increase the effectiveness of such local initiatives and strengthen the sense of ownership and empowerment among the involved communities. In the past, two community-to-community exchanges on ABS, traditional knowledge and related matters have created a forum for this kind of peer-to-peer learning among communities across the Global South and North. Through field visits and direct interaction with community experts and practitioners, IPLC representatives were able to share experiences and ideas and establish cross-continental partnerships.


This side event will present some results and experiences from these past South-South and South-North exchanges. On this basis, we would like to invite interested IPLC representatives to join us in an open discussion on how we can further promote this successful format: What are potential partners and forums for further dissemination? What options are there for organizers that are operating on a limited budget? What other, similar approaches are there?

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