Conference on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Research Cooperation and Facilitated Access

06 February 2012 | News story

In Göttingen, Germany, it was organized an international conference which brought together researchers and administrative officials both from provider and user countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America in order to discuss the implications of the Nagoya Protocol and options for implementation in the area of biological research.

The options to implement Nagoya`s rules regarding access to genetic resources for basic non commercial research, which upon the Protocol should include facilitated measures (Art. 8).

In particular, the conference discussed and analyzed the new frameworks for basic research, collaboration agreements and to generate ideas about amicable solutions enabling free research while at the same time ensuring previous informed concern (PIC) and benefit sharing.

At the conference, the current legislation and practice of a number of States were explained by focal points and experts (Indonesia, Kenia, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Brasil, Germany and Switzerland). In sum, it became clear, that there is quite some awareness of the abovementioned concerns and these efforts are being made and should be made to take into consideration the particular situation of non-commercial research.

The workshop was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) and its Senate Commission on Biodiversity Research. The DFG, one of the most relevant research funding organizations in the area of biological research has closely followed the issue of access and benefit-sharing and the work of the CBD. The organization was done by the Institute for International Law and European Law (University of Göttingen) and the Research Centre for European Environmental Law (University of Bremen).

The coordinator of “Strengthening the implementation of ABS regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean” (ABS LAC Project) is executed by IUCN Sur (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Regional Office for South America) in order to expose the project as a regional effort to increase legal certainty.

ABS Project

The regional project “Strengthening the implementation of ABS regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean” is executed by IUCN Sur (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Regional Office for South America) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme, through its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP ROLAC), with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

About the:

• International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practices. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. Its work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, nongovernmental and private sectors around the world.

• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, is the world’s leading intergovernmental environmental organization. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), located in Panama City, works closely with 33 countries, including 13 small island developing states and 7 megadiverse countries. This region is especially rich in diversity of environments, ecosystems, species and cultures.

• Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the financial mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other international environment agreements. The GEF unites 182 member governments - in partnership with international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector, providing grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, linking local, national, and global environmental challenges in order to promote a sustainable future for all.

Further information:
 

Mónica Ribadeneira Sarmiento
Project Coordinator IUCN-Sur
monica.ribadeneira@iucn.sur
www.iucn.org/sur

Alejandro Laguna
Regional Information Officer
United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
alex.laguna@unep.org
www.pnuma.org

Christian Hofer
Communications Officer GE
F
chofer@thegef.org
www.thegef.org