Working group (WG) on digital sequence information (DSI) obligations to respect ABS rights

Raising awareness among plant scientists on their obligations to respect access and benefit-sharing rights under the Convention on Biodiversity, the FAO Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, and the Nagoya Protocols on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).

Many plant scientists rely on open access to information (DNA and RNA sequences data, for example) to perform their daily work.

Things might change for them in the future because of the obligations to respect access and benefit-sharing (ABS) rights under the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture) and maybe the Nagoya Protocols on Access and Benefit SharingPlant scientist must have a voice in the policies and practices as they are being developed internationally.

This WG brings together law experts and plant researchers to discuss how countries and institutions are adapting to these policies, and raises awareness of potential issues among the plant science community (see videos below).

WG Explicative Videos

Experts on ABS and DSI

The Nagoya Protocol. What are we talking about? 9:56

Jane Anderson, New York University and Brad Sherman, The University of Queensland

The Nagoya Protocol: A researchers perspective 8:13

Nils Stein, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

The Nagoya Protocol: Potential conflicts related to DSI 8:05

KC Bansal, The Global Plant Council

Tha Nagoya Protocol: What can we do? 10:36

Amber Hartman Scholz, Leibniz Institute DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures


Resources gathered for introducing the plant scientist into DSI, ABS and the Nagoya Protocol.

The Global Plant Council provides these to encourage debate and does not endorse any single perspective.

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