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Nagoya Protocol | Access and Utilisation of Genetic Resources

The Nagoya Protocol [de] regulates access to genetic resources (dead or living material and their derivatives) and benefit sharing arising from their use ("Access and Benefit Sharing", ABS). The Nagoya Protocol was adopted on 29 October 2010 and became effective on 12 October 2014. 
The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol is regulated by EU Regulation No. 511/2014 [de] of 16 April 2014. Researchers who use genetic resources in their research are obliged to comply with the Nagoya Protocol. Violations of the EU regulation constitute an administrative offence and can be punished with severe fines. In Germany, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the competent national authority for the enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol.

Further Information

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German Nagoya Protocol HuB

The German Nagoya Protocol HuB is a comprehensive internet resource on the Nagoya Protocol. Here you can find everything you need to know about Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), important documents and recommendations for action, as well as some case studies. The development of the site is funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

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ABS Clearing House

The ABS Clearing House (ABSCH) is the official platform for the exchange of information on access and benefit sharing. Here you will find all state-specific information and national contact persons for your applications.



DECLARE is the official EU portal for the submission of due diligence declarations under Article 7 of the EU Regulation. The submission of such declarations is mandatory for recipients of research funding. More information can also be found in the FAQ of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The University of Greifswald has a central account and before submitting the declarations please contact nagoyauni-greifswaldde.

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Permanent Senate Commission on Fundamental Issues of Biological Diversity

The DFG's Permanent Senate Commission on Fundamental Issues of Biological Diversity operates as an independent interdisciplinary expert forum and was established on 1 January 2018. Here you can find the model contract clauses drafted by the commission and explanations on how to deal with the Nagoya Protocol at universities and research institutions.

Contact Person

Prof. Michalik

Prof. Dr. Peter Michalik

Nagoya Officer of the University of Greifswald

Tel.: +49 3834 420 4099


Information and consultation

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Steve Wendland

Research Support Centre (ZFF)

Tel.: +49 3834 420 1376

Support with applications and documentation