Nagoya and the Plant Treaty

As we celebrate (or whatever) the coming into force of the Nagoya Protocol, I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that in the agricultural sector there has been an Access & Benefit Sharing system in place for a while, under the “Plant Treaty,” for that subset of biodiversity which is plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Now what we need is, in the jargon, “mutually supportive implementation at the national level.” But there’s been a meeting on that, and

Participants agreed that joint implementation (of both Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture) should be kept in mind by all actors and that collaboration by relevant authorities should be intensified on the basis of mutual trust.

So that’s allright then.

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