ABS Learning Package: A Resource for Collection Holders

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Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has developed an ABS Learning Package to support staff in collection-based institutions to understand and teach others about relevant ABS issues.

The ABS Learning Package has been developed by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It consists of a suite of resources to help collection-based staff learn about the international Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) regime and how the implementation of national and international ABS regulations and legislation impacts on the work of collection-based institutions. The resources can be used as self-learning tools, but can also be used to support capacity building and training within an institution.

The learning package was developed in the framework of a project entitled ‘Promoting the ABS-compliant use of plant resources in research and development’ which was implemented by BGCI in Ethiopia from 2016-2019. The project was supported by the UK’s Darwin Initiative.

The package consists of two PowerPoint presentations, each accompanied by a booklet with speaker’s notes to assist trainers and support understanding:

  1. Introduction to the international ABS framework: This covers the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its ABS provisions, the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).
  2. Access and benefit sharing at the institution: This looks at how ABS may be implemented in practice in collection-based institutions. Elements of an institutional ABS toolkit are identified.

To test learning and understanding, the package also includes a set of ABS quiz questions and a number of ABS scenarios relevant to the work of researchers and collection holders. The scenarios are accompanied by guidance notes for trainers.

Download the ABS Learning package:

Further information is available here: https://www.bgci.org/resources/bgci-tools-and-resources/abs-learning-package/

Suzanne Sharrock

Suzanne Sharrock

I work on plant conservation policy, mainly the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and ABS. I provide the Secretariat for the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation and the European Botanic Gardens Consortium. I have worked for BGCI since 2003 and before that, was a Senior Scientist at Bioversity International, working on the banana and plantain programme.