The ABS Management Tool
Stratos Inc. in cooperation with Geoff Burton and Jorge Cabrera, May 2012

The ABS Management Tool (ABS-MT) is a best practice standard and a handbook that provides voluntary guidance to the users and providers of genetic resources – a tool on ABS practice to help companies, researchers, indigenous and local communities, and governments to comply with the ABS requirements under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including the Bonn Guidelines and the Nagoya Protocol. It was first published in 2007. Produced with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the updated ABS-MT accommodates new language of the Nagoya Protocol and assists the users and providers of genetic resources to apply current best practices. It also includes a new section providing guidance to the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to prepare for the introduction and further implementation of the Nagoya Protocol; and serves as source material for capacity building on ABS to support the Nagoya Protocol.

The updated ABS-MT contains several important revisions including: revised standards for access, benefit sharing, traditional knowledge, and conservation and sustainable use; the introduction of a new standard on compliance and an additional standard on technology transfer; supporting guidance on all 6 standards; and a stand-alone section that provides guidance to governments in consideration of their obligations and the opportunities available under the Nagoya Protocol. Download the updated ABS-MT [pdf] …