Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Team visits the Pa Enua
Nine Pa Enua communities were introduced to the Nagoya Protocol during April/May 2018. From these discussions was developed an Access and Benefit Sharing policy based on the Protocol which primarily aims to protect the use of our genetic resources by scientific researchers. Traditional knowledge about the valuable uses of our plants and animals have been passed down through generations. The aim of the ABS Policy is to protect the e owners of this knowledge, and insists that any benefits gained from the use of our genetic resources must be shared among those who actually own the knowledge on which the use is based. The ABS Policy Team consisted of Emily Pierre (ABS Coordinator), Mathilda Miria-Tairea (Legal Advisor), Maureen Hilyard (Policy Analyst), Julie Taripo-Shedden (Media & Public Relations), Elizabeth Munro (Senior Biodiversity Officer).