Activity 2: Provide information to, and enhance awareness of, potential users

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Component 1: Provide information on access procedures and information linkages

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • National focal points: Inform applicants for access to genetic resources on procedures for acquiring prior informed consent and mutually agreed terms, including benefit-sharing, and on competent national authorities, relevant indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders, through the clearing-house mechanism: CBD Decision VI/24, 4 and CBD Decision VI/24, Annex (Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization)SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Provide, through the clearing-house mechanism at the national level, relevant information linkages to the national focal points and relevant thematic focal points, in order to facilitate the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources: CBD Decision III/4, 11. SEE COMMENTARY 7
  • Providing countries: Report on access applications through the clearing-house mechanism and other reporting channels of the CBD: CBD Decision VI/24, 4 and CBD Decision VI/24, Annex (Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization)SEE COMMENTARY 2
Component 2: Enhance awareness of potential users

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • User countries: Consider establishing mechanisms to provide information to potential users on their obligations regarding access to genetic resources: CBD Decision VI/24, 4 and CBD Decision VI/24, Annex (Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization)SEE COMMENTARY 3
  • Undertake suitable initiatives to enhance awareness of the knowledge held by indigenous and local communities and the appropriate procedures, such as prior informed consent, for accessing such knowledge in accordance with national legislation on access to traditional knowledge: CBD Decision VII/4, 10 and CBD Decision VII/4, Annex (Revised programme of work on inland water biological diversity).SEE COMMENTARY 4
  • Develop awareness with respect to conventions, norms and policies relating to intellectual property rights and trade and their interrelationship with genetic resources and traditional knowledge: CBD Decision VII/19.F.2 and CBD Decision VII/19.F, Annex (Action Plan on Capacity-building for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing)SEE COMMENTARY 5
  • Providing countries: Ensure that all stakeholders take into consideration the environmental consequences of the access activities: CBD Decision VI/24, 4 and CBD Decision VI/24, Annex (Bonn Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization)SEE COMMENTARY 6
  • Support capacity-building in developing countries, in particular the least developed and the small island developing States among them, and Parties with economies in transition, for engaging the business community in the implementation of the Convention: CBD Decision IX 26, 4

Indirectly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Make good use of these Principles, as appropriate, including within the frameworks of existing national, regional, and global initiatives and commitments: Ramsar Resolution X.12, 11 and Ramsar Resolution X.12 Annex (Principles for partnerships between the Ramsar Convention and the business sector) SEE COMMENTARY 6a

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Author Commentary 1

This refers to provision 13 of the Bonn Guidelines.

Author Commentary 2

This refers to provision 16(a)(ii) of the Bonn Guidelines. This obligation also exists under Activity 1 above.

Author Commentary 3

This refers to provision 16(d)(i) of the Bonn Guidelines. This obligation also exists in Section 2, Activity 5, Component 1 and Section 2, Activity 6, Component 1.

Author Commentary 4

This refers to Activity 2.4.5. of the revised programme of work on inland water biological diversity.

Author Commentary 5

This refers to provision B.5(m) of the Action Plan on Capacity-building for Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing.

Author Commentary 6

This refers to provision 16(a)(v) of the Bonn Guidelines.

Author Commentary 7

This obligation also exists under “Activity 1: Raise Awareness and share information and experiences” of this section.

Author Commentary 6a

Ramsar Resolution X.12 Annex (Principles for partnerships between the Ramsar Convention and the business sector):
One of the objectives is to improve environmentally sustainable business practices by increasing dialogue and understanding of the socio-economic benefits and business opportunities provided by the ecosystem services of fully functioning wetland systems.