Outcomes of the CBD Conference of the Parties in 2022 (COP 15) will shape the use of and access to Digital Sequence Information (DSI) for decades to come. For this reason, scientists must ensure that CBD decisions will contribute to developing a fair and equitable system that will deliver benefit-sharing while protecting open access, supporting research and innovation, and promoting biodiversity conservation.

As the main user and producer of DSI, scientists must be given a voice in developing national positions, weighing DSI options, and CBD processes. On the 7th March 2022, fifteen research organisations worldwide published an Open Letter calling for a multilateral solution to avoid further regulatory complexity and research costs. The authors also emphasise that protecting openness and ensuring benefit sharing are crucial to meet the SDGs and implement the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Please, read the Open Letter and consider signing here: https://bit.ly/3IKzGEf