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Benefit Sharing

Fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources is a prime objective of the CBD.

Botanic gardens are able to generate many different kinds of benefits from their work; these benefits are usually non-monetary and can take many different forms, depending on a garden’s activities and resources, for example:

  • shared research results
  • joint research
  • training opportunities
  • staff exchanges
  • donation of equipment
  • shared propagation protocols
  • educational materials
  • fundraising and publicity
  • community development activities
  • profits from commercialisation projects

There are more and more examples of botanic gardens working in close partnership, from the earliest stages, with each other, with local communities and with other stakeholders to develop CBD-friendly projects that are clearly beneficial to all concerned.

Case studies:

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (UK)