Implementing Access and Benefit Sharing

Promoting the use of plant resources in research and development in compliance with national and international access and benefit-sharing (ABS) laws and policies.

As part of BGCI’s Darwin Initiative project with the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, BGCI is gathering practical examples of measures that ex situ collections, research institutions and their networks are taking to ensure that they acquire, use and transfer plant genetic resources and share benefits in compliance with national and international laws, respecting the rights of provider communities and in accordance with mutually agreed terms.

Ex situ collections and research institutions have responsibilities both as users and secondary providers of genetic resources along chains of custody, use and value.

Practical examples highlighted on these pages include measures to strengthen relationships with communities, ABS training and awareness-raising within institutions and via networks, institutional responses to codes of conduct, and data management systems to maintain links between provider and permissions data and material.

Some of the measures are simple, some are more complex, depending on local context, needs and available resources. We hope that they will inspire further ideas for improving practical ABS implementation. The project also aims to raise awareness of real ABS-related practices and to build the trust of potential providers, supporting the rationale for countries to develop simplified access measures for non-commercial research that contributes to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

BGCI seeks further examples of institutional and network ABS measures! Please send suggestions to abs@bgci.org.

Examples compiled by Kate Davis, Consultant ABS Advisor to BGCI.

Codes of Conduct and their Institutional Implementation

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Implementing ABS at Oxford University

A University-wide ABS policy and committee
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A Process for ABS-Compliant Fieldwork

An example from Jardín Botánico Universitario BUAP, Mexico
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Access and Benefit-Sharing at NRM, Sweden

A review of ABS implementation procedures at the Swedish Museum of Natural History was held in 2016-17
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Working with Communities and their Traditional Knowledge

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Code of Conduct on Access and Benefit-Sharing

Clauses from the Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens
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Conducting Ethical Conservation Research

The Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) is committed to conducting ethical research, and its members and collaborators closely follow international ethical guidelines for conducting research with local communities.
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Good Practices for Working with Communities

The Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens has developed a Code of Conduct for working with local communities
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Data Management Systems

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Documentation of specimens and samples

The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum (BGBM) Berlin acts in accordance with the national and the EU regulations and international agreements on genetic resources.
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Access and Benefit-Sharing at NRM, Sweden

A review of ABS implementation procedures at the Swedish Museum of Natural History was held in 2016-17
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Compliance with CBD and ABS Provisions

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Benefit-sharing

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Compliance with CBD and ABS Provisions

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ABS Management at the NHM, London

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Good Practices for Working with Communities

The Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens has developed a Code of Conduct for working with local communities
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Awareness-raising by Networks and Institutions

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ABS Management at the NHM, London

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ABS Governance and Implementation

At the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (French Natural History Museum)
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Managing ABS at a University Museum

The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), Harvard University has developed institutional tools and policy to address ABS
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