Access and Benefit Sharing

About the project

Through an innovative approach in Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), the project helps the government, private sector and local communities to harness the potential uses of the country’s rich biological resources sustainably as assets for inclusive and green economic development. The benefits are likely to be in the form of business, employment, research, technology transfer and capacity development opportunities.

The project regulates Access and Benefit Sharing through an ABS Policy and by ensuring that Biodiversity Rules and Regulations comply with the Nagoya Protocol. Furthermore, the project upgrades bio-prospecting laboratory facilities and technical skills of project stakeholders, so as to manage ABS better. The project will develop and operationalize three pilot agreements that comply with the Nagoya Protocol and encompass best practices. 

Project Objectives

  1. Establish an operational national regulatory and institutional framework on ABS.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries and awareness on implementing the ABS framework.
  3. Demonstrate the equitable benefit sharing of best practice ABS processes while ensuring biodiversity conservation

UNDAF Outcomes and Outputs

UNDAF Outcome 1: By 2018, sustainable and green economic growth that is equitable, inclusive, climate and disaster resilient and promotes poverty reduction, and employment opportunities particularly for vulnerable groups enhanced.

UNDAF Output 1.1: Policies and studies for integrated natural resource management, climate change adaptation/mitigation and poverty-environment nexus developed.

UNDAF Output 1.3: Increased domestic and external trade and industry opportunities that are pro-poor and gender responsive

UNDAF Output 1.5: Youth, women and other vulnerable groups have access to sustainable employment with a focus on cottage, small and micro enterprises in line with the RGOB’s commitment to a green economy.

UNDAF Output 1.6: The rural poor and under-employed have access to alternative income generation opportunities.

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