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The ABS Management Tool (ABS-MT)

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.

The ABS-MT was first published in 2007. The updated ABS-MT of May 2012 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 (CBD) to prepare for the introduction and further implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

The updated ABS-MT is currently available in English only. The first version from 2007 has been translated into French and Spanish and can be found here.

The ABS-MT has been developed and updated by Stratos Inc., in cooperation with Geoff Burton and Jorge Cabrera, and with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The content and views expressed in the updated ABS Management Tool are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Switzerland.

Last updated on: 16.09.2014

ABS Management Tool - 2012

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