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ABS information and tools


The International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation (2nd edition) and CBD Manual for Botanic Gardens contain user-friendly information and general guidance on practical ABS implementation for gardens. A CBD check list for botanic gardens can be downloaded here.

The CBD for Botanists is a plain-language guide and training presentation for botanic gardens, with a focus on practical ABS implementation. The extensive resources section includes references to codes of conduct for ABS and traditional knowledge. (Also available in French and Spanish).

ABS Good practice for academic research offers general background, case studies and practical guidance and useful tips to biodiversity researchers (partially updated post-Nagoya, also available in French and Spanish)

The Agreement on Access and Benefit Sharing for Non-Commercial Research, a sector-specific approach containing model clauses for a range of potential situations, can be used to develop non-commercial ABS agreements with providers of genetic resources.

General information on ABS

The CBD web pages on ABS provide links to the text of the Nagoya Protocol and many resources, such as awareness-raising kits (factsheets and presentations), existing guidelines and tools, and model agreements.

ABS Simply Explained, a 5-minute animated film from the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, gives a simple introduction to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol (also available in French, Spanish and German).

IUCN’s Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing provides detailed background and legal information on the new protocol.

The ABS Management Tool is a best practice standard and handbook that provides guidance to help users and providers of genetic resources comply with the ABS requirements of the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol. It is a useful resource for guiding projects that involve more complex situations, such as working with traditional knowledge or developing commercial products. (In English; the pre-Nagoya version is available in French and Spanish)

ABS for Food and Agriculture

When plant resources are being supplied for reasons related to food or agriculture, some different rules may apply. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture uses a multilateral system for access and benefit sharing (with a standard agreement) to cover exchange of certain food/forage crop species.