The Mainstreaming Gender into ABS Value Chains Toolkit, published by the UNDP – GEF Global ABS Project, guides development professionals working on genetic resources in their efforts to mainstream gender considerations into ABS Value Chains and ensure that men, women, youth and elderly do equally benefit from various ABS interventions.
Addressing the drivers of gender inequalities in ABS schemes, this tool aims to transform over time the social structures that inhibit women from having a fair and equitable share of benefits. Furthermore, it can be subsequently adapted to answer the needs of other sector specific interventions in the fields of biodiversity and natural resources management and beyond.
As the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS moves forward, this toolkit will be useful to ensure the triple bottom line where ABS not only facilitates innovation to develop new products but also puts in place mechanisms to enhance environmental benefits, generate sustainable business dividends and act as true accelerator of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda.
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