While many countries in South East Asia have ratified the Nagoya Protocol, which set a minimum reference ABS standard, there are few cases of ABS laws and regulation in place. Many countries in the region are therefore seeking to establish their own ABS systems in light of their own national biodiversity priorities, including the potential development of BioTrade value chains.
This two-day workshop will bring together two projects funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic affairs: the Global BioTrade Programme "Linking Trade and Biodiversity" implemented by UNCTAD in cooperation with BioTrade partners, and the Regional BioTrade Project in Southeast Asia, implemented by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. To support the successful implementation of these two projects, UNCTAD, Helvetas, SECO and BCA will host a regional workshop on BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing on 4-5 December in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
The second day will consist of an intergovernmental exchange, where regulators will share relevant knowledge and experience about ABS implementation successes and challenges between countries; help to catalogue and preserve knowledge that may otherwise be lost due to staff turnover and termination of projects at agencies working on ABS; and, encourage adoption of good practices and avoidance of mistakes due to lessons learned from neighbouring countries.
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Trade and Environment,
Climate Change and
Sustainable Development Branch
Helvetas Regional BioTrade Project
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO