On 10 October, the IUCN Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity was launched by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the IUCN Global Policy Unit in a very well attended side event. This IUCN Explanatory Guide is the latest Guide in the prestigious series of Explanatory Guides developed by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre which seeks to address a critical need within international law of conservation and sustainable development – to provide neutral expert analysis of the text of critical international documents (the series includes Explanatory Guides on the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture). The main goal of this Explanatory Guide is to facilitate the understanding of the legal obligations of the Parties under the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Furthermore, it will provide practical guidance for ABS implementation at the national level. The Guide is currently only available in English. Translations into Spanish and French will be available in the first quarter of 2013. First interest in Chinese and Japanese translations was communicated to the ELC. Opportunities for such translations will be explored in the coming months. During COP 11 a total of 200 hardcopies and 800 USB sticks including the electronic copy were distributed. Further hard copies will be printed and distributed worldwide  from the beginning of November.

An electronic copy is available online, for hard copies please contact Thomas Greiber.