Webinar on BioTrade and ABS

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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.

This Webinar, organized on the 2nd of July, 2019, 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.

For additional information on this online activity click here.


  1. Claudio Chiarolla, Regional Specialist (UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project). Introduction and speakers´presentations.
  2. Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati, Conservation and Development Specialist (FLEDGE). Presentation on differences between biotrade and bioprospecting for ABS purposes.
  3. Mr. David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer (UNCTAD) and Mr. Frederic Perron-Welch, ABS Consultant (UNCTAD). Presentation on the concept of biotrade and how it can promote the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
  4. Ms. Veronique Rossow, ABS Independent Consultant (UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project). Presentation on ABS partnerships & Investments to implement the Nagoya Protocol.
  5. Mr. Alejandro Lago, Project Manager (UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project). Closing remarks.


Webinar materials:

View recording here.

View “BioTrade and Access and Benefit Sharing: Issues and Experiences in Implementation” presentation, by Dr. Balakrishna Pisupati here.

View “The Concept of BioTrade” presentation by Mr. David Vivas Eugui and Mr. Frederic Perron-Welch here.

View “BioTrade and Access and Benefit Sharing: From concept to practice. A handbook for policymakers and regulators” UNCTAD publication here.

View “ABS in practice. The REACTION process to foster partnerships and support the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol” presentation by Ms. Veronique Rossow here.

Agustina Rato

Agustina Rato

Web Content and Communications Officer, UNDP – GEF Global ABS Project / United Nations Volunteer Component.

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