What exactly is Access and Benefit Sharing and how does it work?
How will new policy and legal frameworks on ABS impact protected areas, and the indigenous peoples and local communities living in and around them?
What can conservation gain from ABS, what can ABS learn from protected areas, and where are the challenges to achieve these gains?
The adoption of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing in October 2010 under the CBD is spurring the development of new national frameworks around access to genetic ressources, traditional knowledge and benefit sharing - all topics that concern protected areas and the actors involved in their management and governance. However, in the last few years, ABS negotiations have mostly been conducted by a group of "specialists" and many actors involved in conservation of biodiversity are not yet familiar with what these new frameworks may bring.
A series of expert meetings on 20111-2012 have begun to explore the question of how ABS and protected areas policies can be better integrated. The BIOPAMA project, funded by the EU and implemented by IUCN, GIZ and JRC is striving to explore these linkages on the ground in countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Topics under discussion include:
- common challenges for equitable and effective governance arrangements
- the fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities
- possibilities for sustainable financing of protected areas through ABS
- the creation of sustainable and equitable value chains based on genetic ressources
This event is an invitation to participate in the discussion, based on the thoughts of these previous meetings and some examples. It will inform about the Nagoya Protocol and its relevance to conservation and equity; and seek input from participants on how to take forward the work on these linkages.