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Botanic garden survey on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

3 September 2012

In 2010, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization. The Nagoya Protocol is an international agreement which aims at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way.

Botanic gardens hold in cultivation representatives of up to one-third of the vascular plant species of the world.  Accordingly, botanic gardens have very special responsibilities and obligations to ensure that they follow fair and ethical policies relating to access to their collections and benefit sharing with the country of origin, that are fully in accordance with the terms of the CBD, the Nagoya Protocol and relevant national legislation.

Botanic gardens also have an obligation to obtain the prior informed consent of stakeholders in the country of origin of plant materials they wish to access for conservation, research or display purposes. In practice, such prior informed consent takes the form of collecting permits and material acquisition agreements, which define the uses to which plant material covered by the agreement can be put.  Such agreements may also cover obligations for the exchange of information derived or resulting from research on, or from, other uses of the material concerned.

In order to assess the level of understanding of the Nagoya Protocol amongst botanic gardens and the extent to which appropriate policies and proceedures are in place, BGCI is conducting a survey in collaboration with Martin Smit, a Graduate Fellow in the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.

If you work in research, curation, horticulture, or management at a botanic garden, we would be grateful if you could take 15 minutes to complete this short survey. Results will be used to identify needs and best practices, and will be compiled and shared with the global botanic garden community.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, French and Chinese. To access the survey click here.

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