Although both agreements are meant to be implemented in mutually supportive ways, many actors now involved in national policy development and implementation are uncertain how to do this in practice.
In most countries, different lead agencies have responsibility for implementing the respective agreements and they do not have sufficient opportunities to coordinate activities. Many perceive gray areas where it is unclear which regulatory system should apply, and they often do not have the mechanisms that allow them to work together to address these uncertainties.
Bioversity International is working together with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and the Secretariats of the CBD Nagoya Protocol and the Plant Treaty to increase national policy actor’s ability to implement both agreements in supportive ways to demystify the ‘gray areas’ and arrive at clear operable approaches for implementation through:
- Capacity-strengthening workshops
- Research papers
- Decision-making tools
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In November 2015, 11 African countries came together in Ethiopia for a 5-day workshop: Embedding mutually supportive Implementation of the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol in the context of broader national policy goals.
Visit the workshop webpage to find presentations, related reading and media articles.
In December 2016, Bioversity International organized, in partnership with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, and the Secretariats of the CBD and the Plant Treaty, a side event at the UN Biodiversity Conference (Cancún, Mexico) on the same matter. Find out more about it here