ABS Policies in Canada
Principles and Features of Canadian ABS Policies
The following are proposed principles that can be used to form the basis of ABS policy development. These principles are derived from an emerging consensus stemming from the practical experience of other nations as they have implemented ABS policies.
- Environment-focused - contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity,
- Practical and Economically Supportive - generating and sharing economic benefits of the utilization of genetic resources among both providers and users as a means of contributing to sustainable development,
- Simple, Efficient and Adaptable - taking into account different sectors and allowing for different approaches in different jurisdictions,
- Supportive of current governmental policies, and building on and respecting Canada's existing international commitments,
- Balanced, equitable and transparent - balancing responsibilities between users and providers of genetic resources in a manner that is clear and whose rationale makes sense to all concerned, and
- Inclusive, developed and implemented with the appropriate involvement of Aboriginal groups and communities.
- Foreword - Investing in Natural Capital: Sustaining Biodiversity in the "Bio-based Economy"
- The Key Challenge of ABS: Fostering a Common Approach
- Public Policy Objectives
- 1 ) Promoting the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Canada's Biodiversity
- 2) Improve Canada's Economic Competitiveness in the Bio-based Economy
- 3) Support Ethical Scientific Research and Development
- 4) Foster Regional and Aboriginal Development
- 5) Support Canada's Foreign Policy Objectives
- 6) Contribute to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians
- Policy Questions in Implementing ABS
- Principles and Features of Canadian ABS Policies
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