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

This training day is an update on ABS and how it relates to all those working in gardens and with plant collections. This international agreement,  developed from the 1992 Convention of Biological Diversity, is key to how we all manage our gardens. What questions should you ask if you are offered donated plants, are your suppliers sourcing plants ethically, what documentation do you need to source, swap and offer plants to other gardens?

Speakers will include those who influence and disseminate the practicalities of this legislation and will share practical case studies and help attendees to understand relevance of the documentation and current national and international discussions. Full programme to follow.


All living organisms; plants, animals and microbes, carry genetic material that could be potentially useful to humans. These resources can be taken from the wild, domesticated or cultivated. They are sourced from environments in which they occur naturally (in situ), or from human-made collections such as botanical gardens, genebanks, seed banks and microbial culture collections (ex situ). However, like many key resources in the world, genetic resources are not evenly distributed. The way in which genetic resources are accessed, and how the benefits of their use are shared, can create incentives for their conservation and sustainable use, and can contribute to the creation of a fairer and more equitable economy to support sustainable development.

Access and benefit-sharing (ABS) refers to the way in which genetic resources may be accessed, and how the benefits that result from their use are shared between the people or countries using the resources (users) and the people or countries that provide them (providers).

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 an international agreement which aims at sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. It entered into force on 12 October 2014

Extracted from                                     Find out more about ABS and Nagoya on our website


Venue: Chester Zoo

Registration:  9.30 16th March 2018

Close: 16.30

Cost:  PlantNetwork members £85, non member students/trainees £100, non members £135

Includes lunch, refreshments and resources.

Non member rate includes membership of PlantNetwork.

To book please complete the online booking form. This form includes options to pay by invoice or online card payment.