The Nagoya Protocol Learning Portal

We welcome you to our learning community for the Nagoya Protocol. The Protocol is a framework for how to conduct research and manage collections and associated information. Whether you’re a student just getting your feet wet in research, or a curator, a teacher, or research faculty, this learning portal is built to help you find the resources you need

Our Goals

Familiarize people with how the Nagoya Protocol was developed, what it covers, and how people are to follow it.
Help anyone doing science research, education, and collections management learn and promote Nagoya compliance.
Show how Nagoya applies to both international and national work, and applies to future research planning as well as historical research resources.

News and Updates

ESA Webinar – Intro to the Nagoya Protocol and Learning Portal


“What You Need to Know about the Nagoya Protocol, Access, and Benefit-sharing When Planning Your Research” Presented By: Patrick Reilly, U.S. Department of State; and Rachel Meyer, University of California, Santa Cruz Watch the recording here.

Whether or not you conduct international research, the Nagoya Protocol, along with issues of access and benefit-sharing, should be a part of every researcher’s thinking. The Nagoya Protocol is a multilateral treaty that sets up the legal framework for utilizing genetic resources. This treaty has important implications on research and should be considered when thinking about how to conduct research, manage collections, and work with partners. Learn more about the Nagoya Protocol, what it says (and what it doesn’t), how it impacts scientists’ work presently, and in the future, and how the US government can help. Patrick Reilly, the US Nagoya Focal Point based at the US State Department, and Rachel Meyer from UC Santa Cruz will join us to explain what the Nagoya Protocol is, how to productively engage with it and what resources are available to you. They will take questions following the presentation.

Patrick is a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State, serving in the Office of Conservation and Water in Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Scientific Affairs. In this role, he serves as the U.S. Focal Point for Nagoya, and the Department’s expert on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) issues. He works on genetic resource issues across various multilateral instruments, including the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol (NP), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the Pandemic Influenza Pandemic Framework (PIP), and the Biodiversity Beyond National Borders (BBND) negotiations.

Rachel Meyer is an adjunct assistant professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research is in ethnobotany, crop genomics, and metagenomics. She has been the executive director of the UC Conservation Genomics Consortium since 2016 and works closely with the Earth BioGenome Project.

Webinar about the Nagoya Protocol from the US Government


The American Institute for Biological Sciences presents a webinar presentation by Patrick Reilly from the US State Dept titled “LIFE FINDS A WAY: AN OVERVIEW OF THE NAGOYA PROTOCOL FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT“.  In case you missed it, you can watch the video HERE.

China to host the meeting where the new decadal biodiversity targets will be drafted


The upcoming Conference of the Parties, where ~200 countries gather to coordinate action plans to slow the incredible loss of biodiversity worldwide, will be hosted by China in November 2020. Read an overview of the process and history of these meetings, as well as benchmark achievements and failures, HERE.

To see where the Conference of the Parties have been in the past, and what their all about, check out THIS PAGE from the United Nations.

Rooibos tea: profits will be shared with Indigenous communities


Nature Publishing covered the agreement finally reached between the Khoi and San people and the South African government to share the benefits of the rooibos tea industry. Rooibos is a traditional beverage and medicine from Southern Africa. Read the article HERE.

The Botanical Society of America announces financial support for


The BSA Board of Directors agreed to provide $2500 to support the development of this website. Thank you! As a community of practice space to help each other, we appreciate societies backing the website and sharing it with their members.

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