abs government moves to strengthen ph genetic resources 600pxThe ABS Project National Interagency Technical Working Group consisting of national government agencies and state universities convenes to support for the national implementation of the project.

Quezon City, Philippines - Key government agencies and state universities forming the National Interagency Technical Working Group (NTWG) of the Implementing the National Framework on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge in the Philippines Project (ABS Project) convened on September 6, 2022 to fine-tune and rally support for the project’s implementation strategies. The discussion was presided over by NTWG Chairperson and Biodiversity Management Bureau Assistant Director Amelita DJ Ortiz.

NTWG members agreed on the selection criteria of project sites and representatives of the private sector, indigenous peoples, and local communities. They also endorsed the project results framework and the 2022 annual work plan for approval to the project board.

The NTWG will convene with the site-level TWG on November 9-10, 2022 to address issues of ABS Project’s 2022 implementation and to discuss the 2023 annual work plan.

As the project moves forward to full implementation in October, a national research and development consultation meeting with the private sector will be conducted to exercise due diligence. In addition, there will be site validation and assessment in Regions III and V to finalize specific project sites where banaba and pili are abundant.

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the ABS Project is being implemented by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Philippines.

The project aims to establish the national coordinating mechanism, procedures, tools, and platforms that will enable the Philippines to comply with the Nagoya Protocol, which is an international agreement that seeks to provide a transparent legal framework to implement the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources and one of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. As one of the 18 mega-biodiverse countries of the world, the Philippines acceded to the Nagoya Protocol in December 2015. (ABS Project/ Orange Omengan)


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