Target 16

Target 16: By 2016, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization is in force and by 2022 fully operational and consistent with national legislation.

Current situation: Swaziland has not yet acceded to the Nagoya Protocol. However, the Protocol is in the process of being “domesticated” and operationalised. A draft ABS Bill was developed before adoption of the Protocol. SEA has also been designated the focal point for the Nagoya Protocol.

Ongoing initiatives: Various awareness raising initiatives targeting key stakeholders have been implemented to facilitate accession and implementation of the Protocol.

Strategic Initiative 1: Ensure that the Nagoya Protocol is domesticated by 2016.

Strategic Initiative 2: Operationalize the National ABS Regulatory Framework.

Strategic Initiative 3: Strengthen capacity to research and develop commercial products from local genetic resources.

Swaziland’s Biodiversity Targets


Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society


Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use


Improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity


Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building