German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation:

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity is a novel instrument in international nature conservation.
The Protocol is a binding international agreement on access to genetic resources and traditional knowledge associated with them and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation.
The Nagoya Protocol was adopted on 29 October 2010 at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the  Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in order to further elaborate the obligations on access and benefit sharing (ABS) under the CBD.
The Nagoya Protocol entered into force on 12 October 2014.

Expeditions must follow the rules and regulations of the NAGOYA PROTOCOL.
PI's need to make themselves familiar with the obligations of the protocol and act accordingly.

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German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation:

The Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House (ABSCH) is a platform for exchanging information on ABSCH and a key tool for facilitating the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.


Rebecca Aepfler

Dr. Stefan Hain

Nagoya Protocol (German):

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