Who are they?

The ABS Capacity Development Initiative was established in 2006 to support the development and implementation of national regulations on "Access and Benefit Sharing" (ABS). In its current phase, the ABS Initiative focuses on contributing to the establishment of functioning ABS agreements between providers and users. It also supports several of its partner and cooperation countries in designing and implementing the required regulatory frameworks.The Initiative is hosted by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), funded by several governments and international organizations, and managed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

UEBT/ABS Capacity Development Initiative joint projects

We have built a partnership with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and PhytoTrade Africa that has allowed for example, ABS policy-makers perspectives of companies working with natural ingredients. Through this project supported by the Dutch Ministry for Economic Affairs, UEBT has prepared a series of materials on ABS issues called ‘ABS fact sheets’ which simplify the understanding and demystify ABS requirements in various countries, pointing out what really needs to be done, who is involved, how long it takes etc. Find out our latest ABS factsheets here.