Access and Benefit Partnership Project

The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacities of the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), the State Biodiversity Boards (SBB) and selected Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) of the three pilot states, namely: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand, and user groups for the effective implementation of ABS mechanisms under the Biological Biodiversity Act 2002 and Guidelines on Access to Biological Resources and Associated Knowledge and Benefits Sharing Regulations, 2014, in keeping with India's commitment under the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.

The project will have specific focus on:

1.Awareness raising, communication and stakeholder dialogues for creating better understanding of the Biological Diversity Act 2002 (BDA), ABS Guidelines and Nagoya Protocol on ABS amongst different actors and stakeholder groups

2.Development of good practices of benefit sharing with communities, based on utilization of biological resources for commercial and/or research purposes

3.Development of an ABS monitoring system for NBA and SBBs.

   Implementation partners

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India
National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai
Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Board
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit , GIZ