Regional Framework on ABS

"Natural ecosystems existed long before political boundaries in the Himalayan region and do not respect them or adjust to them in any way. Political boundaries do not limit the movement of communities of plants and animals, or confine traditional knowledge systems. Thus the countries in the Himalayan region broadly share genetic resources and traditional knowledge systems.  A regional ABS framework would help to govern and manage such an important common heritage. This information sheet provides the rationale for the development of a regional ABS framework for the Himalayan region".