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...
5 March 2014
It is with great sadness that the Botanic Garden Meise announces the passing of Gert Ausloos (24/02/1967 – 02/03/2014), head of public awareness, member of the management committee and scientific council.
12 February 2014
The 3rd Science in Botanic gardens Science Congress will take place from 1 -4 April 2014 in Gran Canaria. The call for papers is now open - deadline 1st March 2014.
4 February 2014
A successful partnership between BGCI and Kunming Botanic Garden has resulted in significant progress in plant conservation and habitat restoration in the Zhibenshan Mountains of west Yunnan Province, China.
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.