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Analyzing Development of ABS Policies in Four African Countries

The report is available for download here.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) with the support of the Government of Ireland have carried out case studies on access to genetic resources and benefit‑sharing (ABS) arrangements in four African countries namely Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia. These studies exemplify the implementation of existing ABS arrangements and mechanisms in the context of the Bonn Guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity at its sixth meeting, in April 2002.

This report seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What policies, legislation and legal capacity exist or are proposed for the countries of Botswana, Ghana, Uganda and Zambia to deal with access to genetic resources and the sharing of their benefits (ABS)?
  • Which institutions in these countries are engaged in the management and implementation of ABS activities?
  • What are the administrative arrangements for ABS management, and what are the major gaps and constraints?
  • What projects with ABS components are being implemented in the countries?
  • Who are the major ABS stakeholders?
  • Based on the identified needs and gaps, what actions can be undertaken to clarify, develop and implement ABS measures in each country?

The report provides a detailed view of the national policy climate relating to ABS in the four countries, based on research carried out by consultants in co-operation with national agencies, using questionnaires and workshops.

Contact Wendy S. Elliott for more information elliott[at]ias.unu.edu

The report is available for download here.

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