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BGCI ABS Learning Tool

BGCI, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has created a suite of learning modules on access and benefit sharing, essential for those working in botanic gardens.  The modules below will take you step by step through the role of the CBD, the history of the Nagoya Protocol and important articles of the Protocol, as well as providing essential information for preparation and practical implementation. After every module there is a quick quiz to test your knowledge.

Powerpoint presentions are also available to download for those interested in utilising this resource for training purposes.

 The module PDF's can be downloaded to work offline

These resources are available in French [Fr] Spanish [Es] and Chinese  [中国语文]

Module 1 Introduction to the Convention on Biological Diversity



Resources and References Module 1

Module 1 Powerpoint Presentation


Module 2 The Development of an International Regime on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing  


Resources and References Module 2

Module 2 Powerpoint Presentation 



Module 3 Key Articles of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing  


Resources and References Module 3

Module 3 Powerpoint Presentation 



Module 4A Practical Implementation for Botanic Gardens


Resources and References Module 4A

Module 4A Powerpoint Presentation



Module 4B Practical Implementation for Botanic Gardens


Resources and References Module 4B

Module 4B Powerpoint Presentation



Module 5 Developing a Checklist/Toolkit for your Garden


Resources and References Modules 5

Module 5 Powerpoint Presentation



Module 6 Developing Contracts and Agreements


Resources and References Modules 6

 Module 6 Powerpoint Presentation




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These modules were writen by China Williams and Natasha Ali (RBG Kew) and Kate Davis (BGCI's ABS Advisor).

BGCI is grateful for the support of the Convention on Biological Diversity and The Japan Biodiversity Fund which allowed the development of these learning modules.