Webinar: Proposed headline indicators for access and benefit-sharing

The fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources is one of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the main objective of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS). As such, ABS is expected to feature prominently in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be negotiated by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting, in Kunming, China.

Though the global implementation of ABS has followed a slow and steady pace, there is a lack of information available on actual flows of monetary and non-monetary benefits and on how to measure the impact and effectiveness of ABS frameworks in achieving global and national policy goals related to conservation, sustainable development, and/or poverty alleviation at the local level.

The first draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework currently includes a goal and a target dedicated to ABS, namely Goal C and Target 13. These are accompanied by a set of indicators, including headline indicators which are proposed for use by Parties in national reports under the Convention. A document providing additional information on the proposed headline indicators for ABS (CBD/WG2020/3/INF/5) is available at: https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/4fdd/d0ef/838cca7b66353df2701ef066/wg2020-03-inf-05-en.pdf.

This webinar aims to provide examples of national data collection systems related to ABS and to reflect on potential challenges, and possible approaches and solutions, for the development of the headline indicators for ABS, which are expected to cover: (a) monetary benefits; (b) non-monetary benefits; and (c) operational and effective national ABS measures.

This webinar is meant to support Parties and observers in preparing for the upcoming resumed meetings under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice. However, it is open to everyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The webinar will be held in English on Tuesday, 23 November 2021, from 9.30 am to 11.00 am EST (GMT-5) and will be hosted through the GoToWebinar platform. Participants who wish to take part in the event can register using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2949393081335481360.


Preliminary agenda


Tuesday, 23 November 2021, from 9.30 to 11.00 a.m. EST (GMT-5)




9.30-9.40 a.m.

The post-2020 global biodiversity framework and proposed indicators for ABS

Ms. Jillian Campbell, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

9.40-10.30 a.m.

Data collection and reporting in national ABS systems, in the context of the post-2020 proposed headline indicators

Mr. Thomas Greiber, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany

Mr. Joseph Masinde, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya (TBC)

Mr. Esteban Neira, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia

Mr. S. Kerketta, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India, and Mr. V.B. Mathur, National Biodiversity Authority of India

10.30-11 a.m.

Moderated discussion

Moderator:  Mr. Taukondjo Shikongo, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

23 November 2021