Kenya has launched its National Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism

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Source:ABS-sustainabledevelopment UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project

Since April 2020, information about biodiversity activities and relevant documents related to Access and Benefit Sharing are available through the National Biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) for Kenya. The launch of the platform represents one step forward on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the country.

The website, presented as a participatory integrated system to collect and disseminate biodiversity data under open access for Kenya, provides a broad range of information. Through the platform, users can access existing legal frameworks on biodiversity and national strategies, status and trends, a research database, news and events as well as ABS related documents of interest available to download.

Previously, Kenya had organized an expert meeting in October 2019, under the support of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, to unlock the country´s business potential arising from the use of its genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. Learn more about this important event here.

What´s a CHM

The Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM) is a two-way information exchange platform established in accordance with  Article 18.3 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its purpose is to contribute to national planning, implementation and reporting of biodiversity initiatives and promote scientific and technical cooperation.

It helps to bring together potential users and providers of goods, services and information, thus matching demand with supply.

About the Nagoya Protocol implementation in Kenya

Kenya approved its ABS regulation in 2006, encompassing access and benefit sharing principles as stated in the Nagoya Protocol. Access permits in Kenya are subject to Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) between resource providers and users. Additionally, the country is in the process of developing the first online permitting system and reviewing its ABS domestic legislation to conform to the constitution and Nagoya Protocol provisions.

View here the ABS biodiscovery project developed in Kenya under the support of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project. Learn more on Kenya´s biodiversity here.

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