This day brought together speakers including those specialists involved in setting and disseminating policy, as well as those who are responsible for implementing the various plant collections legislative responsibilities in their gardens.
The day included guidance and discussion on minimum record keeping standards, handling and sharing wild collected plant material, relevant legislation, an overview of the Nagoya Protocol and how various organisations and gardens are responding to this legislation.
This training day is a forerunner to our PlantNetwork Autumn conference which will look at plant records, ethical plant sourcing, plant legislation, best practice and opportunities for collaboration in greater detail.
The database on access and benefit-sharing measures includes measures which have been taken by Governments or relevant organisations to assist with the implementation of access and benefit-sharing provisions of the Convention. The database covers a broad range of measures such as: national or regional strategies, policies, legislations, regulations, community management plans, guidelines or codes of conducts on access and benefit-sharing. It includes measures undertaken at the regional, national, sub-national, community or local level.
The CBD, also known as the Rio Convention provides a comprehensive framework for the triple objective of conserving biological diversity, using natural resources sustainably, and fairly and equitably sharing benefits deriving from the use of genetic resources. The latter objective is of particular importance to developing countries, as they hold most of the world
The Guidelines identify the steps in the access and benefit-sharing process, with an emphasis on the obligation for users to seek the prior informed consent of providers. They identify the basic requirements for mutually agreed terms and define the main roles and responsibilities of users and providers and stress the importance of the involvement of all stakeholders.