$3m SPREP/GEF Project to ratify and implement the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific Region
Fund-raising for ABS
BioChimera and Jean Shannon & Associates partnered to prepare a successful $3m GEF-UNEP regional project proposal for the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) that is assisting 14 Pacific countries to implement the international Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), and to implement key measures to make it operational in this region.
The Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Its objective is “the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”. This project supported the 14 participating countries to build the capacity to provide access to their genetic resources and to secure equitable benefit-sharing arising from their use.
We assisted in preparing baseline research to assist countries to identify common assets (particularly relating to traditional knowledge), issues and needs between countries, and defined project components that assisted countries to meet their legal and other capacity needs to ratify the protocol, to establish an enabling environment to implement the protocol (including development and review of strategy and action plans, and to provide regional coordination, technical support and capacity building. Project monitoring and evaluation and full budgetary documents were also developed.
We liaised with multiple partners to prepare this project, including SPREP, UNEP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and The ABS Capacity Development Initiative, as well national country representatives. Our project proposal ensured the project was able to successfully secure a US $1.7m grant from GEF, as well as additional donor funds of $34k and in-kind support of $1.2m. The 14 Pacific island countries supported included: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.