Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
The lecture will introduce the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, and provide an insight into international negotiations that led to its adoption. The Nagoya Protocol is a global treaty that develops transparent legal framework for the effective implementation of one of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Since countries have sovereign rights over the genetic resources found on their territory, benefits arising from research or development on these genetic resources should be shared with these countries that provided them.
In the EU, the commitments arising from the Protocol are fulfilled through legislation that establishes so-called “due diligence obligation”. It means that users of genetic resources have to exercise due diligence in order to ensure that the material they use have been accessed in accordance with applicable legal requirements and that, where relevant, benefits are shared. The lecture will discuss how these rules might affect the daily work of life science researchers and will provide them with basic guidance on how to comply.