BOOKING CLOSED. 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? The day will  consider what smaller gardens, not necessarily botanic gardens, can do to meet the challenges and opportunities of the legislation.

 Speakers: Matthew Jebb of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, John David of the RHS, Thomas Murphy from Defra and Philip Esseen and Richard Hewitt of Chester Zoo.

During the day we will share template documents for collections policies, Material Transfer Agreements and relevant supporting documentation to provide practical support to developing your policies relating to plant acquisition, sharing and recording.

We will also have a tour of the Chester Zoo’s National Collections of Nepenthes, Orchids and Cacti.

Attendees will take part in workshops:

Workshop 1

How to manage plant movements (both in and out of the garden) and particularly what to do when a collection of plants is offered to a garden and finally how to raise awareness of the issues with colleagues to support compliance.

Workshop 2

Identify what we can do collectively to manage the impacts of the Nagoya Protocol – e.g. sharing paperwork so that others can benefit from the work already done by the bigger institutions, but also perhaps preparing policy documents and guidance documents.


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.

Fully booked.