Digital Sequence Information & Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to Policy Decisions
Digital Sequence Information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October 2020 in Kunming, China to negotiate and define the international biodiversity targets for the next 10 years. In parallel to these discussions, the issue of benefit sharing from “Digital Sequence Information” (DSI) arising from Genetic Resources accessed under the Nagoya Protocol and CBD will also be negotiated. At stake in these negotiations for biologists is open access to sequence data via the large public databases.
In order to avoid worst-case scenarios, science-based solutions for benefit sharing that do not endanger open access are urgently needed. The scientific community must engage and proactively develop interdisciplinary and fair solutions for all concerned in advance of these negotiations. To this end, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded an interdisciplinary project led by the Leibniz Institute DSMZ and the Leibniz Institute IPK Gatersleben to research DSI policy options and involve the scientific stakeholder community.
To better understand the scientific needs and involve scientists in these policy developments, we will host the workshop on “Digital Sequence information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions”.
More information and registration here.