Webinar on Blockchain as an Innovative Tool to Improve the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS

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In the framework of the Global ABS Community launch, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project organized the Webinar “Blockchain as an Innovative Tool to Improve the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol”, on February 15th, 2019.

In this Webinar, specialists in the topic provide in a basic and understandable format the idea behind blockchain as well as a practical and current example of how the technology is currently used in Ecuador to track fair-trade chocolate and potential bioprospection opportunities related to genetic resources.


Welcome remarks. Introduction to the Global ABS Project and the Global ABS Community and the webinar
Dr. Alejandro Lago, Manager UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and Mr. Fernando Lopez, Project Technical Assistant, UNV.

Blockchain in a nutshell: What non-experts need to know
Dr. Shada AlSalamah, Visiting Scholar at the Human Dynamics Lab Research Group, MIT Media Lab. 

How to make fairer chocolate bars with blockchain: The pilot experience in Ecuador
Mr. Carlo Ruiz, Head of Inclusive Economic Development and Risks, UNDP Ecuador.

Could blockchain improve the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and ABS? Prospections for a blockchain project with genetic resources
Dr. Alejandro Lago

Questions and Answers

Webinar materials:

View recording here.

View Carlo Ruiz presentation “A Radical Different Chocolate Bar” here.  

View Dr. Alejandro Lago and Fernando Lopez presentation “Webinar Blockchain And Abs” here.

Agustina Rato

Agustina Rato

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

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