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Indicator 15.6.1: Number of countries that have adopted legislative, administrative and policy frameworks to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits

Number of countries that have adopted legislative, administrative and policy frameworks to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits

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Indicator name Number of countries that have adopted legislative, administrative and policy frameworks to ensure fair and equitable sharing of benefits
Target name Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed
Global indicator description This indicator builds on concrete cases in which agreement has been reached on the transfer of genetic resources between the resource provider and the resource recipient, including on how benefits arising from the use of the genetic resources will be shared. Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Nagoya Protocol) that subject access to genetic resources to prior informed consent are obliged under Article 6 (3)e of the Nagoya Protocol to issue a "permit or its equivalent as evidence of the decision to grant prior informed consent and of the establishment of mutually agreed terms." The ABS Clearinghouse will make permits available online: The Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) is a mandatory contract that Parties to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (International Treaty) have agreed to use whenever plant genetic resources falling under the Treaty's Access and Benefit-sharing mechanism are made available. The SMTA defines the conditions of use of the plant genetic resources as well as the benefitsharing conditions. According to the SMTA providers shall inform the Governing Body about the Standard Material Transfer Agreements entered into. In addition, recipients who transfer resources received under a SMTA to third parties shall do so under the terms and conditions of the SMTA and shall notify the Governing Body. SMTAs are stored in the Data Store of the International Treaty. As of 21 August 2015, the Data Store has recorded 34,898 SMTAs from providers located in 30 countries, distributing material to recipients based in 172 countries. ( It should be noted that the number of permits or their equivalents and the number of SMTAs does not necessarily equal the number of samples/ accessions made available. Many permits/ SMTAs cover a large number of samples/ accessions.
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