Continuing to promote the work done by the Union for Ethical BioTrade, as I still entirely share their values and commitments. May I share with you a document that UEBT developed for their annual international conference ‘The Beauty of Sourcing with Respect‘: Access and Benefit Sharing: Understanding international and national laws.

Maria Julia Oliva, Senior Coordinator for Policy and Technical Support, and her team try hard to stay up-to-date with current and upcoming laws that deal with the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. As a result of this work, UEBT released a Frequently Asked Questions on the Nagoya Protocol with the example of rules implemented in Brazil, India, European Union and South Africa.

You can access the document here.

More and more countries are working on a national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol. Being based in Angola, I had the chance to meet with the Angolan responsible of this work Elizeth Godinho to have some updates. Angola signed in March 2013 a national commitment towards the Nagoya Protocol implementation. Elizeth Godinho is participating since January 2013 to the ABS Capacity Development Initiatives and hope to be able to use the guidelines that are developed by the african working group to ensure a certain harmonisation between African countries.

I will keep you posted on this development.