26 Jul 2013

ICTSD: Access or utilisation – Who will pull the ABS trigger?

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The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Nagoya Protocol) was adopted on 29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, as the culmination of years of negotiation on how to implement the third objective of the CBD. Its objective is the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources (GRs), including by appropriate access to GRs, transfer of relevant technologies, and funding, thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

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Finally, a number of users also argue for such an interpretation. For instance, the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) recommends that its private sector members consider “new benefits arising from prior or ongoing uses […] as new situations for benefit-sharing requirements – but access requirements would not apply retroactively.”

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