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...
2 December 2013
The 3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress will be held from Tuesday April 1st - Friday April 4th, 2014 at the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in Gran Canaria.
25 November 2013
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21 October 2013
Over 300 delegates from 43 countries attended the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (5GBGC) in Dunedin, New Zealand. The congress was held in partnership with the 6th Biennial Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) Congress.
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.
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