VBIO is active on European and international level, too.
Examples from our international activities cover:
Peer review post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
A special challenge is the linkage of the Access and Benefit question with the "post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework" - i.e. the long-term oriented framework for biodiversity after 2020. For this, VBIO together with DNFS has presented a detailed review, which can be viewed here, but also on the pages of the CBD Secretariat at www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020/submissions/2020-045 (No. 78).
Peer-review Scoping Study on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol
As part of the peer review process, VBIO together with the Leibniz Association for Biodiversity (LVB) carefully reviewed the study. The review can be found here. The review as well as the "Study to Identify Specific Cases of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources that Occur in Transboundary Situations or for which it is not Possible to Grant or Obtain Prior Informed Consent" can also be found on the Biodiversity Commission Secretariat page https://www.cbd.int/abs/art10/2019-2020/study.shtml
“German Nagoya Protocol HuB”
VBIO together with other organizations is implementing the project “German Nagoya Protocol HuB” (or GNP HuB for short). The GNP HuB is funded through the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
HuB stands for “Hilfe und Beratung” (“help and guidance” in English). The project aims to help academic researchers in Germany with understanding Nagoya Protocol compliance.
It provides information about:
1) access and benefit-sharing in countries that provide biological material (“genetic resources”) for research
2) the EU ABS Regulation, Implementing Regulation, and corresponding German law.
Joint statement of learned societies in mathematics and science in Germany
Promoting sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity through open exchange of Digital Sequence Information
German Life Sciences Association VBIO e. V.signed a joint statement by public and private sector organisations, acedemic and scientific institutions, data repositories and collections.
Synthetic Biology (Cartagena Protocol)
German Life Sciences Association VBIO e. V. has been carefully following the ongoing discussions on Synthetic Biology under the umbrella of the CBD (resp. the Cartagena Protocol) and took part in the Peer review process of the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology.
The comments conveyed to the secretariat pf the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) in Montreal are available in Englsh here