DEA calls for the submission of views and information relating to Global Multilateral Benefit Sharing Mechanism
Call for all relevant Government Departments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Organizations and Stakeholders to Submit Views and Information relating to Global Multilateral Benefit Sharing Mechanism (i.e Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol)
As you may be aware, South Africa is a Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol on ABS). The Department of Environmental Affairs is the National Focal Point for these multilateral environmental agreements.
During the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 14) and the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (COP-MOP 3), the meeting adopted decision NP-3/13 on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol.
In light of the above-mentioned decision, the Department of Environmental Affairs requests all relevant Government Departments, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, Relevant Stakeholders and Organizations to submit:
- Information on specific cases which may support the need for a global multilateral benefit- sharing mechanism that are not covered under the bilateral approach, accompanied by an explanation as to why such cases cannot be covered under the bilateral approach set out in the Nagoya Protocol;
- Options for possible modalities for addressing those cases, including through a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.
Kindly submit your views and relevant information as soon as possible, but no later than 14 June 2019. Please note that written submissions should be addressed to Ms Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni at Lmabadahane@environment.gov.za.
To read about the decision adopted by the parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, follow the link below: