ABS Legal Frameworks

This theme covers the topics related to regulations, ABS-CH, GR monitoring, intellectual property and sinergies.


To exchange knowledge, experiences, good practices and lessons learned on establishing and implementing ABS legal frameworks at the national and/or regional levels including through legal, policy and administrative measures.


This thematic area considers the key obligations of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS and their implications for policy makers, indigenous and local communities, researchers and the private sector.

Topics covered

  • Setting the scene: Overview of ABS under the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol
  • Access to genetic resources: PIC, MAT and IRCC
  • Access to traditional knowledge associated to genetic resources held by indigenous peoples and local communities
  • Benefit sharing obligations and ABS agreements
  • Compliance measures: Checkpoints and compliance measures
  • Options for the mutually supportive implementation between the Nagoya Protocol and FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Intellectual property and ABS: how the IP system can support national ABS frameworks

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