Pic: Workshop on IT Monitoring Tool for ABS in India, January 2020
A training-workshop organized by the Indo-German ABS Partnership and the National Biodiversity Authority of India, in collaboration with the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, was held at Chennai, India, to present an online Permit and Monitoring System, supporting the National Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The permit and monitoring system tool is a single electronic permit system that facilitates the monitoring and reporting of applications of permits related to the access and use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. The system allows governmental authorities to permanently review and approve ABS access and use permits and applications, ensuring compliance to national ABS legal frameworks stated under provisions of the Nagoya Protocol.
The aim of the workshop was to introduce the event attendees to this tool, developed by the Indo-German ABS Project in close cooperation with the Indian Center for Advanced Computing (CDAC), featuring two free softwares (Gephi and Tableau) that can process taxonomic and patent data that generate useful information to determine the extent of use of genetic resources in query. Both softwares are free and available now.
The event was attended by Alejandro Lago, Global ABS Project Manager, who highlighted the key aspects and the features of the Global ABS Community, and plans on carrying out a pilot on the usefulness of Blockchain as a technology to facilitate the monitoring of the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
Additionally, Anthony Foronda, Regional Technical Advisor on ABS for Asia/Pacific, graced the opening session by highlighting the importance of cooperation among like-minded institutions to be able to add value to these kind of activities and take forward the training-workshops not only in India, but to the international ABS community.
In 2016, the German Agency for International Cooperation presented this model of system as a series of integrated components that can be developed and adapted by countries or entities interested in implementing it. “We hope that this model will contribute to building shared capacity and collaboration between Parties interested in developing effective ways to meet the access, benefit-sharing, monitoring and reporting requirements of the Protocol.”
About the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project
The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol is a three-year project (August 2016-2019) that aims to assist 23 countries in the national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
The Global ABS Community is the community of practice developed under the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, oriented to provide information, knowledge dissemination and experience exchange among project participating and non-participating countries setting the foundation for the establishment of a global cooperation framework on Access and Benefit Sharing.