Established in 2006, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative is a multi-donor initiative hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and managed by theGesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German overseas development agency. The Initiative aims to support stakeholders in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific in developing and implementing national Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regulations. In this regard the international framework is provided by the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and the third objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

In principle, ABS means the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. In practice, the Initiative supports the development and implementation of national and regional regulatory frameworks, the establishment of fair and equitable ABS agreements for scientific and commercial biodiscovery projects, and ABS based value chains. In doing so the Initiative is partnering with regional and national organizations responsible for policy coordination, economic cooperation and research collaboration, organizations and networks representing indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as relevant users of genetic resources in the academia and private sectors.


The ABS component of the BIOPAMA programme was active between 2011 and 2015.

By contributing to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1, 3, 7 and 8 the Initiative is in line with the general objective of the BIOPAMA Programme to improve the long-term conservation of biodiversity and reduce poverty, in particular for those living in and around protected areas. It also serves the specific objective of BIOPAMA to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to implement well-informed decisions on biodiversity conservation as part of protected areas management and access to genetic resources and benefit sharing.

Furthermore, this setting provides opportunities to study the linkages between ABS and protected areas management in the potential contribution to funding and commonalities of local governance challenges.


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