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News The Nagoya Protocol in the context of development cooperation

On Thursday 29 June, CEBioS and other partners organised a seminar on the Nagoya Protocol and its application in the context of development cooperation for DGD staff.

Release date 04/07/2017
Contributor mlsusini
Geographical coverage Global,
Keywords Nagoya Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS),

For researchers of fauna and flora worldwide, the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the associated system of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) has major consequences for their way of working.

Belgian researchers, some of whom work in the context of development cooperation, have to apply it for their own work or for the work of visiting scientists from partner countries. Partner countries of development cooperation do not always have an in-depth understanding of the treaties they have signed and most still need to develop any legislation for their implementation. Capacity building in this regard therefore seems necessary.

CEBioS, together with the  Belgian CBD National Focal Point and other partners, takes up the glove and focuses on the D.R. Congo where the implementation of the Protocol still has to be developed and where many Belgian researchers are active. Time to review the principles and consequences of this important Protocol.


  • General introduction to the Nagoya Protocol, implications of Belgian and EU ratifications and ratifications by partner countries - by Hendrik Segers, National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity (NFP-CBD), RBINS
  • Use of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Clearing-House - by Han De Koeijer, National Focal Point for the Clearing House Mechanism (NFP-CHM), CEBioS -RBINS
  • Case study South: The ‘tradi-praticiens’ of Burundi – by Luc Janssens de Bisthoven, Coordinator CEBioS, RBINS
  • Case study North: Botanic research in the D.R.Congo: balancing between the rules and the spirit of Nagoya – by Steven Dessein, Head of the Botanic Garden Meise
  • Discussions

Presentations are available online here.

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