Developing a national strategy and legal and institutional framework on access to genetic resources and related benefit sharing and traditional knowledge in line with the CBD and its Nagoya Protocol in Algeria

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From December 20, 2015 to June 20, 2021

Project ID: 5311

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Access and benefit sharing


  • Conserved areas


  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes
  • Key biodiversity areas (KBAs)
  • Terrestrial protected areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Tourism

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Institutional mechanism and system building
  • Normative support


  • Law regulation
  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Laws enforcement/ Regulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Awareness raising
  • Research
  • Conserved areas/ protected areas management

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols

  • Nagoya protocol (ABS)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership

About this project


Algeria's size and geographical location make it an important country in terms of ecosystem and species diversity. There is a general trend towards ecosystem degradation across vulnerable regions in Algeria and biodiversity loss. This erosion of biological and genetic diversity and ecosystem services implies fewer livelihood options for local populations and possibilities of resilience to continuous environmental pressures, for present and future generations. Algeria has addressed and made good progress on a number of fronts relating to the first and second objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use, especially– through building and managing a protected areas network, sustainable natural resource management practices and similar activities, but major challenges remain. Working towards the third objective of CBD – fair and equitable access and sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources (ABS) – remains one of it, although it could offer important tracks to address a range of issues. Creation, development and implementation of a comprehensive national legal, regulatory and institutional framework for ABS is the long term solution. This will activate the potential that Algeria's genetic resources and traditional knowledge represent for generating economic benefits to the nation and key stakeholders, including local populations where appropriate, in the form of business, employment, technology transfer and capacity development.


To consolidate actions to conserve and sustainably use genetic resources and related traditional knowledge in Algeria through the development and implementation of a national strategy and legal and institutional framework on access and benefit sharing (ABS) in line with the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol.

USD $2,000,000

Grant amount

USD $5,284,320

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,000,000)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Algeria

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