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New BGCI training resources on Access and Benefit Sharing

7 April 2015

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization is an international agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  Its objective is the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, thereby contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity..

The Nagoya Protocol was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the CBD at its tenth meeting on 29 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan. It entered into force on 12 October 2014.

The Nagoya Protocol will create greater legal certainty and transparency for both providers and users of genetic resources by:

  •  Establishing more predictable conditions for access to genetic resources.
  •  Helping to ensure benefit-sharing when genetic resources leave the country providing the genetic resources

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol is of great importance to botanic gardens as they are involved in the conservation, use and sharing of plant genetic resources. Many botanic gardens act as intermediaries between providers and users of plant resources and most have close links with their local communities.  However a survey conducted by BGCI in 2012 revealed that many botanic garden staff are unaware of the Nagoya Protocol. Some are fearful of potential barriers to their work and they do not have suitable processes in place for compliance.  It is vital that gardens have the capacity to comply with the obligations set out in the Nagoya Protocol.

As a means of building capacity and providing relevant information to botanic garden staff, BGCI in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has developed a series of training modules on the Nagoya Protocol.

The training modules include the following elements:

  •  An introduction to the CBD
  •  The history of the Nagoya Protocol
  •  Key articles of the Nagoya Protocol
  •  Practical implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
  •  A checklist for botanic gardens
  •  Model contracts and clauses

At end of each module, a short quiz allows the users to test their knowledge and ensure they have understood the information provided.

Access the training modules by clicking here

BGCI is grateful for the technical support provided by Kate Davis in the development of these modules and acknowledges the financial support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund, provided through the CBD Secretariat.






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