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The Nagoya Protocol and ABS

NHM is obliged to comply with international rules on the management of genetic resources through the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol.

Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was adopted at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992 and ratified by Norway in 1993. The convention aims to conserve the Earth's biodiversity by ensuring sustainable use and equitable sharing of biological resources.

The Nagoya Protocol

At the tenth conference of the parties to the Convention in Nagoya on 29 October 2010, the Nagoya Protocol was adopted. Norway ratified the protocol on 11 May 2011.

The Nagoya Protocol deals with access to genetic resources and equitable sharing of benefits related to the utilization of such resources (Access and Benefit Sharing, ABS). The protocol entered into force on 12 October 2014, 90 days after the fiftieth country had ratified the agreement. As of today (22 January 2016), 70 countries have ratified the protocol.

NHM is a member of CETAF (Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities), and follows the guidelines in CETAFs Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit-Sharing.

Who needs to be aware of the guidelines?

It is the responsibility of the individual researcher to comply with ABS and other relevant regulations.

You must be aware of ABS and the Nagoya Protocol if you have plans to

  • collect or utilize genetic material from abroad
  • collect or utilize associated traditional knowledge from abroad
  • have foreign collaborators who want to collect genetic material from Norway

Note that the Nagoya Protocol also applies to loans of genetic resources.

Genetic material is defined by CBD as "any material of  plant,  animal,  microbial  or  other  origin containing functional units of heredity". Genetic resources are defined as "genetic material of actual or potential value".

Start in time

We also recommend reading through the NHM wiki page about ABS as part of the preparations for the collection work. Please note that the process of obtaining all necessary permits and other documentation may take several months, so be sure to start in time!

Published Feb. 10, 2016 3:56 PM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2017 8:24 AM