Development of Value Chains for Genetic Resources in select sectors in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol and in line with the Biodiversity Economy Strategy

Lead country

South Africa

Participating countries

South Africa

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From October 24, 2019 to October 24, 2024

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5686

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Access and benefit sharing
  • Biodiversity financing
  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Deserts
  • Conserved areas


  • Semi-arid (cold winter) deserts
  • Indigenous and communities conserved areas (ICCAs)

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Other sectors
  • Health care

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Enabling
  • Finance economy


  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)
  • Mainstream
  • Community engagement
  • Alignment
  • Nature finance
  • Green economy
  • New/other financial schemes/mechanism

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Private sector
  • Indigenous peoples

Gender equality

  • Women decision making
  • Women's cooperatives and groups
  • Livelihoods for women

Gender result effectiveness scale



  • People pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols

  • Nagoya protocol (ABS)
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • National Development Policies

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • Nature-based solution
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

This project is designed to support the Government of South Africa to achieve its BES vision of optimising the total economic benefits of the bioprospecting industries by ensuring the BES is implemented in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The project will ensure that communities and companies working with genetic resources, not only increase their understanding of the Nagoya Protocol, but also apply relevant ABS requirements in development of value chains for genetic materials. The project will support development of value chains for genetic resources already identified in the 18 biodiversity economy transformation (BET) nodes already identified by the BES in 15 rural and 4 urban districts across the nine provinces of the South Africa. The project target communities have been prioritised for development of small and medium size enterprises and community-based initiatives which sustainably use of indigenous biological and/or genetic resources, with a view to redistribute the benefits in an equitable manner, across various income categories and settlement areas of the country.

USD $6,392,694

Grant amount

USD $35,870,564

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($6,392,694)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

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