Nagoya Protocol and plant collection responsibilities

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 National Measurement office, enforcing EU legislation and potential options to enforce the Nagoya Protocol

Michael Worrell EUTR Enforcement Policy Officer, National Measurement Office

BGCI ABS pages

BGCI’s online resource for access and benefit sharing (ABS) between botanic gardens around the world.

CBD Database on ABS Measures

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

Text of the Nagoya Protocol

Link to the full text of the Nagoya Protocol from the Convention on Biological Diversity web site (

BGCI ABS Learning Tool

BGCI, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, has created a suite of learning modules on access and benefit sharing, essential for those working in botanic gardens. The modules take you step by step through the role of the CBD, the history of the Nagoya Protocol and important articles of the Protocol, as well as providing essential information for preparation and practical implementation. After every module there is a quick quiz to test your knowledge.

What you need to know about Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol

Reports from the meeting held on 16th March 2018 at Chester Zoo. During the day the speakers explained the development, understanding and use of the CBD, ABS and Nagoya Protocol legislation. Delegates were reminded that ‘benefit sharing’ does not necessarily mean money, and discussions identified both the moral and legal approaches to ABS and the Nagoya Protocol.