Webinar on Biotrade and ABS

Webinar on Biotrade and ABS

Trade in biological resources and the commercial utilization of genetic resources are distinct concepts, however a significant amount of confusion exists among those focusing on developing and implementing national policies and legal frameworks on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (ABS). This confusion is compromising the effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

With over 115 Parties to the Nagoya Protocol, many countries are now developing national ABS frameworks to implement their obligations. This Webinar, organized by the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in partnership with UNCTAD on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 16:00 (Istanbul time) provides conceptual clarity on how trade in biological resources is different from commercial utilization of genetic resources, current implementation challenges in countries that have not clearly differentiated the two, and ways and means to distinguish the concepts in the interest of conservation and sustainable management of resources.

With the moderation of Dr. Claudio Chiarolla, Regional Project Specialist for the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, presenters with significant experience working on these issues will provide the participants with information on the concepts of BioTrade and ABS, and case studies on the application of these concepts in practice.

To attend this webinate, register here.

For more information about the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project visit our website https://abs-sustainabledevelopment.net

Join the Global ABS Community, the Community of Practice promoted by the Global ABS Project to access and share ABS related experiences and knowledge https://community.abs-sustainabledevelopment.net/

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Fernando Javier López

Fernando Lopez is the Regional Coordinator of the UNV Component that supports the implementation of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Fernando coordinates and supports the implementation of national level activities in five countries in LAC (Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uruguay) and supports the implementation of the Global ABS Community, the Community of Practice of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. He has more than five years of experience in the Panamanian non-profit sector providing administrative and technical support to several environmental organizations and projects in the country. He holds a Master’s degree in Life Sciences Economics and Policy from the Technical University of Munich and a BSc. in Business Administration from Towson University, Maryland.


Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America

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