BENELEX researchers invited to join Global Specialist Group on Access and Benefit-sharing

BENELEX principal investigator Elisa Morgera and BENELEX researcher Elsa Tsioumani have been invited to join a newly established Global Specialist Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and Related Issues.

The group has been formed under the aegis of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law. 

The establishment of the Specialist Group was called for under the IUCN World Conservation Congress Resolution 115 on Support for the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing, in order “to provide the necessary technical assistance to Parties and other stakeholders as appropriate, for the development of ABS laws, regulations and policies as a vital part of national ratification processes” and “to further support … the operationalisation of the Nagoya Protocol by promoting awareness raising and capacity development initiatives”.

Among other tasks, the Global Specialist Group on ABS will consider providing information, capacity-building resources and/or an “ombudsman programme" through which governments, companies, NGOs and individuals seeking to apply ABS principles to any level of work (from individual access to genetic resources to the development/adoption of ABS legislation) can obtain expert advice and/or identify individual persons whose ABS expertise can help them.

In addition, the Global Specialist Group on ABS will support the development of implementation guidelines related to particular aspects of ABS that recognise the needs of research, conservation, sustainability and equity, in promoting the voluntary implementation of ABS within the research and commercial communities, with a particular focus on ABS in protected areas and on ABS as applied to threatened or endangered species.

Find out more about Dr Morgera and Tsioumani's research on the Nagoya Protocol here.

Benelex project

The BENELEX (Benefit-sharing for an equitable transition to the green economy – the role of law) is a five-year project funded through a European Research Council Starting Grant made to Dr Elisa Morgera.

Benefit sharing is a legal tool that seeks to equitably allocate among different stakeholders economic as well as also socio-cultural and environmental advantages arising from the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, or from their regulation.

The BENELEX project explores whether benefit-sharing can address the equity deficit within the green economy.

Find out more about the project here.