UNDP-GEF (Global ABS Project)
NLSIU as the lead technical agency for the GoI-UNDP-GEF Project: Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol (Global ABS Project)
The Environmental Law Centres at the National Law School of India University, have over the past two decades been involved in a number of projects aimed at embellishing the development of environmental law. Following this ideal, the Centre in association with the National Biodiversity Authority of India and the UNDP, aims to work towards the Global ABS Project. The area has been seen as a highly technical one and owing to the lack of clear information regarding such a complex subject; the Centre feels that adequate groundwork needs to be done.
About the Project:
The UNDP-GEF Project: Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol is a three year project that specifically aims at assisting countries in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks, human resources, and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The project seeks to achieve this by a) strengthening the legal, policy and institutional capacity to develop the ABS Frameworks, b) building trust between users and providers of genetic resources to facilitate the identification of bio-diversity efforts: and c) Strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local communities to contribute to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The implementation of the basic measures of the Nagoya Protocol in the participating countries is intended to unleash a wide range of monetary and non- monetary benefits for providers of genetic resources. Some of these benefits should be reinvested in the conservation and sustainable use of the biological resources from where the genetic resources were obtained. This will help in fulfilling one of the three objectives of the Convention of Biological Diversity. i.e. the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including access to genetic resources, transfer of relevant technologies and funding.
In India, the National Law School of India, Bengaluru, the nation’s premier law university has been selected as the lead technical agency for the GoI-UNDP-GEF Project. The first phase of the project involved conducting Inception and Training the Trainers workshop aimed at training law professors/teachers and key persons from the industry in the fundamentals of the B
iological Diversity Act, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and other legal and policy aspects affecting biological diversity and the ABS mechanism in India. This workshop was successfully carried out from the 12th to 16th February 2018 by the National Law School of India University on its campus.
The workshop provided rigorous training in not only the theoretical aspect of the ABS, but also on the practical and administrative aspects of the concept of ABS and its technical incorporation into agreements and practical implementation. This workshop saw enthusiastic participation from all the participants and extensive discussion on the various aspects of Biological Diversity law and Access and Benefit Sharing.