Primer for national focal points of the Treaty and Nagoya Protocol

New publication: Mutually supportive implementation of the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol. A primer for national focal points and other stakeholders.

This discussion draft is based upon a structured set of interactions – a survey, a workshop, held 3-6 June 2014 and follow-up analysis – involving ‘tandems’ (the national focal points for the Nagoya Protocol (NP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) from a single country working together as a team) and independent experts and stakeholders whose daily activities are effected by access and benefit-sharing (ABS) regulations.  We hope this document will provide national policy actors with a tool to increase their ability and confidence to implement the CBD/NP and ITPGRFA/multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing in mutually supportive ways.

The final version will be published later in 2015.  We invite you to send comments to Michael Halewood, corresponding editor (

The publication is now available from Bioversity International. Presentations made at the tandem workshop are available here.

Setting the scene: the CBD Nagoya Protocol, the ITPGRFA multilateral system, the imperative of mutual supportiveness and national coordination challenges.
•    Presentation by Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary of the ITPGRFA: The International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol: Supporting mutual supportiveness in the implementation of both instruments at the national level
•    Garforth and Presentation by Kathryn Garforth, CBD Secretariat, and Susanne Heitmüller, ABS Capacity Development Initiative: The Nagoya Protocol in a nutshell.
•    Presentation by Michael Halewood (and Isabel Lopez-Noriega and Evelyn Clancy): Mutually supportive implementation challenges and options: results of survey among National Focal Points.

Stakeholders’ experiences at the intersection of the CBD/NP and ITPGRFA/MLS
•    Presentation by Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI): Experiences with material transfers to IRRI.
•    Presentation by Lily O. Rodriguez, Institute for Food and Research Economics, University of Bonn, Germany: Research in plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (and their wild relatives).
•    Presentation by Hannes Dempewolf, Global Crop Diversity Trust: Conserving crop diversity forever.
•    Presentation of Anke van den Hurk, Plantum, International Seed Federation (ISF): Interface IT PGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol; needs for the breeding sector.
•    Presentation by Guy Kastler, Via Campesina (oral presentation)

Highlights of how national governments and regional organizations are addressing implementation of the CBD/NP and the ITPGRFA
Regarding the Pacific Island Region
•    Clark Peteru, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
•    Logotonu Meleisea Waqainabete (and Valerie Saena Tuia and Cenon Padolina), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Regarding the European Union
•    Léontine Crisson ABS National Focal Point (CBD), Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs: EU-ABS-regulation: implementation CBD Nagoya Protocol

Regarding the African region
•    Mahlet Teshome, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (DHRST), African Union Commission and Gilles Ogandaga, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), African Union Commission: An AU perspective.

Regarding Uganda
•    Francis Ogwal Sabino, national focal point for the CBD, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and John Mulumba Wasswa, national focal point for the ITPGRFA, Director of the Botanical Gardens of Uganda National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) : A Uganda perspective.

Regarding Brazil
•    Henry Ibanez de Novion, Regulatory and Benefit Sharing Division of the Department of Genetic Heritage, Ministry of the Environment, and Rosa Miriam de Vasconcelos, Embrapa (Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research: A Brazil perspective.

Regarding Nepal
•    Madhu Devi Ghimire, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation: Mutually supportive implementation, challenges and options. The ITPGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol.
•    Bidya Pandey, Ministry of Agricultural Development: Implementation of ITPGRFA in Nepal – Current status and Challenges.

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