We’re continuously updating this list of useful online documents to ensure you have access to trustworthy and up-to-date information.
A comment on the regulation of Digital Sequence Information
This comment was submitted by the US Nagoya Protocol Action Group in response to the US Dept of State public teleconference concerning the use of digital sequence information of genetic resources
General Guides, Manuals, Brochures and Handbooks
Introductory Brochure about the Nagoya Protocol
Communication and development of Access and Benefit-sharing principles
-Includes useful tools and tips for how to communicate and understand in order for benefits to be developed through a two-way dialogue.
Domestic measures to be Nagoya compliant
Here are submitted access cases from around the world that show how the Competent National Authority should be utilized to regulate ABS. Several of these have become use-cases on our website.
Decision-making tool for implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Official pages that curate treaties, strategies, education materials, and action plans
United Nations Treaties Page
Who has signed the Nagoya Protocol and what were their declarations? This daily updated page from the United Nations includes the additional declarations countries made when they signed. In some cases they clear up vague language, in others, they specify whether the starting date of enforcement 2014 or 1993 is honored by a country.
Strategies for building Capacity Development
Read Annex I
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP)
Each country that signed the Nagoya Protocol was tasked to develop an NBSAP to help slow biodiversity loss and broaden access to benefits. These plans are useful to learn how the Protocol is shaping action at the nation level.
Access and Benefit Sharing Initiative “Knowledge Center”
A huge database of official documents from around the world on all things relevant to the Nagoya Protocol
Explanations of the Nagoya Protocol from a natural products point of view
Union for Ethical BioTrade, an international non-profit organisation
-Addresses frequently asked questions about the Nagoya Protocol relevant for companies working with natural ingredients:
The CBD explores capacity building initiatives and gaps in the consumer markets:
Botanical industry market: outlook on how working with Nagoya and ABS will be advantageous
ABS and BioTrade: How (not) to be a biopirate
Microbial Culture Collections Management and Research
World Data Center for Microorganisms guide to the Nagoya Protocol
The U.S. Culture Collection Network Responding to the Requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing
Anthropological Research, Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Sovereignty
1 – Witter et al 2015 – Canadian First Nations representatives challenged the spokesperson for the Canadian state.
2 – Suiseeya 2014 – Kim Suiseeya gives a good overview of how indigenous issues played out in Nagoya, specifically with respect to concerns about justice.
3 – Teran 2016 – A fairly comprehensive overview of how indigenous issues and advocacy influenced the Nagoya Protocol, written by someone who played a role in the process.
4 – Rosenthal 2007 – This article is about the history of the Maya ICBG and lessons learned, as a pre-Nagoya Protocol enforcement example that is still very relevant. The Rosenthal article is on Pg. 373.