The potential of biotrade and ABS: the case of Namibia

The ?Namibian model? shows that developing countries with interesting biodiversity endowments can generate considerable sustainable development benefits by taking pro-active ownership of indigenous biological resources and actively promoting their equitable commercialisation. Namibia?s coordinated, market-responsive approach to biotrade has leveraged significant investments in product development by private sector partners, creating additional natural resources-based incomes to serve as incentives for conservation. Namibia has adopted an innovative, flexible and ?evolution-enabled? sui generis approach to ABS, which uses well-known contract law to provide legal certainty to the users of indigenous resources, thereby enabling the creation of benefits while it facilitates fair benefit-sharing with the providers and traditional owners of those resources.
 
Dr. Andreas Drews, Dr. Kirsten Probst

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Eschborn, Germany
Andreas.Drews(at)gtz.de

Pierre du Plessies
Centre for Research-Information-Action in Africa / Southern African
Development & Consulting
(CRIAA SA-DC)

Cyril Lombard
Phytotrade Africa