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:
- 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).
- 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:
- Introduction to the learning package
- Introduction to the International ABS Framework – Teaching Notes
- Introduction to the International ABS Framework – Slides
- ABS at the Institution – Teaching Notes
- ABS at the Institution – Slides
- ABS Quiz Questions
- ABS Quiz Questions Slides
- ABS Scenarios – Teaching Notes
- ABS Scenario Slides
Further information is available here: https://www.bgci.org/resources/bgci-tools-and-resources/abs-learning-package/