The Nagoya Protocol, which came into effect on 12 October 2014, defines the international legal framework for access to and use of genetic resources as well as any correlating traditional knowledge.
It stipulates the benefits of using genetic resources are to be well-balanced and equitably shared with the supplying countries (Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing, ABS). The Nagoya Protocol directly affects those who work with genetic resources from other countries, whether for basic research purposes or the development of commercially relevant products.
Detailed information on what has to be taken into account by researchers/scientists is available from the responsible Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN), Bonn:
as well as from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU):
The German Nagoya Protocol Hub, or GNP HuB for short, helps people in the academic research sector in Germany with understanding their obligations arising from the implementation oft he Nagoya Protocol: