unctad.org | Webinar – BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing: Issues and Experiences in Implementation
Webinar – BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing: Issues and Experiences in Implementation
02 July 2019

Key Issues

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​Trade in biological resources and the 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). This confusion is compromising the effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

With over 115 Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, many countries are now developing national ABS frameworks to implement their obligations. This Webinar will provide conceptual clarity on how trade in biological resources is different from commercial utilization of genetic resources, current implementation challenges in countries that have not clearly differentiated the two, and ways and means to distinguish the concepts in the interest of conservation and sustainable management of resources.

The presenters, have significant experience working on these issues, and will provide the participants with information on the concepts of BioTrade and ABS, and case studies on the application of these concepts in practice.

  • Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, FLEDGE
  • Mr. David Vivas Eugui and Mr. Frederic Perron-Welch, UNCTAD
  • Ms. Veronique Rossow, PhytoTrade Africa


Co-organized with:FLEDGE, UNDP-GEF Global ABS
UNCTAD: Mr. Frederic Perron-Welch
FLEDGE: Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati
UNDP: Dr. Claudio Chiarolla

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Trade and Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch

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