Promoting biodiversity-friendly trade in the Mekong region

Countries in the Mekong region have been leaders in developing products and services based on the sustainable use of biodiversity for years.  

Many have also ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, which sets a minimum standard for regulations on accessing genetic resources and sharing the benefits resulting from their utilization.

Despite being parties to this international agreement, only a few countries have Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) laws and regulations in place.

More countries are now seeking to establish their own ABS systems considering their own national biodiversity priorities, including the potential development of BioTrade value chains.

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