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National Biodiversity Stategies and Action Plans Forum, UNEP–UNCTAD Webinar
18 October 2016
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Key Issues

​Clarifying BioTrade and ABS - What countries need to avoid while developing national ABS regimes

Trade in bioresources and commercial utilization of genetic resources are distinct concepts. However, a significant amount of confusion exists among those focusing on developing and implementing national policies and legal frameworks on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS). Such confusion is clearly compromising effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

ditc-ted-18102016.jpg With dozens of countries currently beginning to develop national ABS frameworks, this Webinar will provide conceptual clarity on how trade in biological resources is different from commercial utilization of genetic resources, current implementation problems in countries that seem to have not differentiated the two, ways and means to distinguish the concepts in the interest of conservation and sustainable management of resources.

The lead presenters of this Webinar, Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati from UNEP and Mr. David Vivas Eugui of United Nations Conference on Trade and Environment (UNCTAD), have significant experience working on issues of ABS and BioTrade and will provide the participants with information on how to develop ABS frameworks that uphold the spirit and objective of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

In this session, led by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati (UNEP) and Mr. David Vivas (UNCTAD), the participants had the opportunity to hear and discuss on BioTrade and ABS and how to develop national ABS frameworks. This webinar provided clarity on how bioresource trade is different from the commercial use of genetic resources, with a focus on conservation and sustainable resource management planning.
You can watch the session here.


(UNCTAD/WEB/DITC/TED/2016/4) - 27/05/2016 - 3685 KB  
Co-organized with:UNEP
UNCTAD: Mr. David Vivas Eugui
UNEP: Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati

Related Sites:

UNCTAD: ​Peer review on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, and its Impact over Certain Aspects of BioTrade


El taller: Explorando la relación entre la implementación del Protocolo de Nagoya, el Acceso y Participación de Beneficios y el BioComercio

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UNCTAD meeting: Addressing the intersection between the Nagoya Protocol, access and benefit sharing rules, and BioTrade


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