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What is New / Events
The UNEP-GEF-MoEFCC ABS Project, National Biodiversity Authority of India in partnership with UNU-IAS, Japan have jointly developed an Online Course on ABS. This course was officially launched on the sidelines (Side Event # 2905) of the recently concluded Fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The Course provides an introduction to the various dimensions involved in the implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) mechanism as per Nagoya Protocol.

Case studies have been used to illustrate various models of ABS partnerships, that provide an insight to address some of practical issues associated with Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) implementation. You are invited to register at the web link at and join us to learn together. Ms Vidya Ramesh, Administrative Secretary, UNEP-GEF, NBA will moderate the course administratively for any difficulties please contact at: and projectmanagergef2018@nbaindia.

Upon completion of the course an online e-certificate will be issued by us.

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02-04 May'17
National Conclave of Biodiversity Management Committees for Experience Sharing on ABS @ Shimla, Himachal pradesh
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02-03 May'17
Second National Dialogue on Traditional Knowledge &Access and Benefit Sharing @ Shimla, Himachal pradesh
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11-12 Apr'17
National Consultative Workshop on "Economic Valuation of Bio-resources for Access and Benefit Sharing" @ Holiday Inn, Chennai
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About the Project

The Objective of the UNEP-GEF MoEF project on ABS is to increase the institutional, individual and systemic capacities of stakeholders to effectively implement the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and the Rules 2004 to achieve biodiversity conservation through implementing Access and Benefit Sharing Agreements in India.

This project is being implemented in 10 states of India namely Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim. The executing organisation includes NBA in collaboration with the 10 SBBs, Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme - Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (UNEP/DELC), United Nations University – Institute of Advanced studies (UNU-IAS) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

  • To Develop Standardized economic valuation Methods for valuing biodiversity in the selected ecosystem
  • Developing database on biological resources to tap ABS potential in Project States
  • Assessing and quantifying the economic value of biological diversity present at local, state and national levels using appropriate methodologies
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