Worldwide, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) mechanisms are evolving and Nagoya Protocol has introduced a renewed dynamics for ABS. The Indo-German Biodiversity programme is in the process of starting a new project on ABS within the overall framework of ongoing programme being implemented in partnership of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and GIZ.
The objective of the new ABS project is to increase awareness and strengthen the capacities of National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), selected State Biodiversity Boards (SBB) and Biodiversity Management Committee (BMC) and other stakeholders such as research and businesses for effective implementation of ABS mechanisms under the Biodiversity Act in keeping with India’s commitments under the Nagoya Protocol.
With a view to engage and involve the partners in the planning of the project GIZ organised a series of workshops, with Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on 30th June and 1st July 2015 and with Confederation of Indian Industries on 6th July 2015. The India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI), has an expert group on biodiversity policy which is also working on the ABS mechanism. The meeting was attended by CII and delegates from 8 major business houses on the potential role of the businesses in project execution.
The overall process of involving the partners in the discussion was moderated by Dr. Hartmut Meyer, Advisor of ABS Initiative, who is working on the topic in African, Caribbean & Pacific Group of States. The meetings concluded with an overall agreement on the proposed work plan for the project, which are:
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