The Access to genetic Ressources and the fair and equitable sharing of Benefits arising from their utilization, briefly called "Access and Benefit sharing" (ABS) is one of the three overall objectives of the Convetion on Biological Diversity (CBD). With the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit sharing a international threaty on ABS was adopted in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. In October 2014 when the 50th party ratified the Nagoya Protocol it entered into force. The Protocol significantly advances the objective of the Convention on
the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization
of genetic resources by providing greater legal certainty
and transparency for both providers and users of genetic resources. By
promoting the use of genetic resources and associated traditional
knowledge, and by strengthening the opportunities for fair and equitable
sharing of benefits from their use, the Protocol will create incentives
to conserve biodiversity, sustainably use its components, and further
enhance the contribution of biodiversity to sustainable development and
human well-being. To date, 68 Parties have ratified the Nagoya Protocol.
ABS simply explained:
The Global Nature Fund with its partners Freie Universität Berlin and Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn supports the dialogue between german users and the national authorities while the national law is beeing implemented.
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