Access & Benefit Sharing
This is an online resource to demystify access and benefit sharing (ABS) between botanic gardens around the world. These pages have been developed by BGCI in conjunction with RBGKew and the International Plant Exchange Network (IPEN).
Much of the work of botanic gardens and herbaria depends on gaining access to and exchanging new plant material. To fulfil the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the new Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (adopted in October 2010 and expected to enter into force soon), we need to acquire new material legally and share benefits from our uses of this material fairly and equitably with its providers. All gardens are now facing the challenge of working out how to conduct their important scientific and conservation work in line with new and rapidly developing national and international laws and regulations related to access and benefit-sharing.
A number of networks and groups of botanic gardens and other ex situ collections and research institutions have been working to develop policies, systems, guides and model agreements to help put ABS into practice at their institutions.
Use the links below to find out more...
25 September 2014
Two new awards for conserving the world’s imperiled flora have been awarded to Chinese botanists by BGCI on behalf of the Marsh Christian Trust.
18 September 2014
Montgomery Botanical Center just received an award to study Mission Based Collections Planning. Montgomery will partner with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Subtropical Horticulture Research Station and BGCI U.S.
9 September 2014
BGCI is undertaking a global survey of ex situ collections of Critically Endangered and Endangered tree species to prioritise species for incorporation into conservation collecitons. Upload your collection data to PlantSearch by November 1st 2014 to ensure the work of your institution is represented
The Commercial Use of Biodiversity
In this volume the authors explain the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on access and benefit-sharing, the effect of national laws to implement these, and aspects of typical contracts for the transfer of materials.