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ABS Regional Capacity Building Project: Building Capacity for Regionally Harmonized National Processes for Implementing CBD Provisions on Access to Genetic Resources and Sharing of Benefits

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The regional project aimed to assist the 10 ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste in strengthening their capacity to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity provision on access and benefit sharing (ABS) through the development of national ABS frameworks and undertaking regional capacity building training and workshops on ABS issues.

Funding support was also provided by the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP), the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), and the host countries.

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UNEP-GEF | UNU-IAS | GIZ BCCP | APN Global Change Research

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The overall objectives of the project included the following
Strengthen the capacity of Southeast Asian countries to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity provisions on ABS through the development of full and effective national ABS frameworks
Increase understanding of ABS issues among stakeholders and the general public and strengthen national capacity for country negotiators to have full understanding of issues and preferred options in the negotiation on the international ABS regime in a way that protects national interests and promotes equitable benefit sharing
Improve public understanding of the contribution ABS can make to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods

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