Overview and relevant websites for the Nagoya Protocol March 2018


The Nagoya Protocol is a legally binding international agreement, however, it is also a framework with many ambiguities and unresolved issues. None the less this should not make us negative about an agreement that aspires to do the right thing. The most biodiverse rich parts of the world are ironically some of the poorest. It is morally right, and our duty to ensure that when we, in developed countries, exploit this biological wealth we offer a fair and equitable share in the benefits. The Nagoya protocol was unanimously adopted by the Parties to the CBD (196 countries, with only the USA a non-party). It is up to individual countries to implement the protocol through their own domestic law.

There are many positives to the Nagoya Protocol as it will (eventually) provide legal clarity to the three objectives of the CBD, namely: the conservation of biological diversity; the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from genetic resources.

The EU is also a party to the CBD and whilst many European countries have yet to ratify (pass it into domestic law), most have already signed the protocol. The EU has developed its own

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