Jordan endorses the national bylaw on implementing Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) of genetic resources

May 23, 2021

The UNDP project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” is a global project being implemented in 23 countries and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the goal of nationalizing the implementation of the Nagoya protocol.

In Jordan, UNDP supported the government in drafting the legislations that are going to guide the implementation of the Nagoya protocol nationally. The bylaw was officially published and launched at the governments gazette on 17th May 2021. The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in Jordan will unleash a wide range of monetary and non-monetary benefits for providers of genetic resources that are going to be reinvested in the conservation and sustainable use of these genetic resources.

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of genetic resources is a 2010 supplementary agreement to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and supports the implementation of its third goal that states, “the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources”. This is achieved through producing informed consent from the user of the genetic resource to the country in which the genetic resource is located prior to obtaining the resource and negotiate and agree on mutual agreed terms to access. Jordan is a Party to the Nagoya Protocol since its entry into force (ratification) on October 12, 2014.

More information can be found at the ABS community of practice website