The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) hosted the fourth webinar series on the topic of Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) under the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 13 July.
The theme for the panel discussion was negotiating contracts with inclusive decision-making processes in access and benefit sharing (ABS) and bio-trade, and breaking barriers in implementing the Nagoya Protocol.
The virtual webinar was a continuation of the dialogue between important players to create greater awareness, inform decision-making processes, and share and understand ideas of regional players on access and benefit sharing.
The panel of speakers included Professor Daniel Robinson from the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and University of New South Wales (UNSW), Dr Evana Wright from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Ms ‘Ofa Kaisamy from SPREP, Ms Margaret Tabunakawai from the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas Network (FLMMA) and Ms Annie Tuisuga from the Samoa Scientific research Organisation (SROS).
The webinar was held as part of the ABS Capacity Building and Information Exchange with experts in collaboration from the ABS Capacity Development Initiative (ABS-CDI) and moderated by Mr. Rahul Chand, ABS Capacity Building Officer at SPREP.
Professor Robinson highlighted the difference between bio-trade, commodity trade and research on biodiversity on active compounds for commercial interests. Sharing his experiences working with communities and governments from the Pacific, Professor Robinson gave suggestions on important considerations in developing ABS agreements to benefit communities.