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The module on bio-business is especially aimed at students from Uganda and Benin; however, anyone interested is welcome to participate online as well.

ABSbio stands for Access and Benefit-Sharing – Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. This project started in 2019 and will conclude this year in December. It focuses on supporting capacity development for the implementation of the Access and Benefit Sharing mechanisms in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Biological Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Among the activities of the project, it remains to implement a 45-hour module on access and benefit-sharing. The pandemic posed many challenges, especially for on-site lectures, so the SEPT Competence Center developed an online module to be implemented in Uganda and Benin. Students from Africa will access this module thanks to the platform developed by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) with the sponsorship of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The platform name is ‘Atingi’ and serves as a hub for different online courses.

At least 30 students from each of the above countries are expected to participate in the course. The best performing students will be invited for further training in the upcoming summer semester in Benin. Additionally, many scholars will be able to contribute to the module’s enhancement.

ABSBio’s online module is available to anyone who wishes to participate. If you do so, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us. You can access the module by following this link and registering on the ‘Atingi’ platform: Business Models for Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.