NAGOYA Protocol: The University at the Heart of ABS Approaches

The University of Montpellier implements the regulations on access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and the sharing of benefits arising from their use (ABS) in the context of research and development activities.

Patrick Aventurier

Respecting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), avoiding bio-piracy, and above all engaging in good cooperation and benefit-sharing practices with all our partners are strategic issues for our institution. Our approach is part of a practice of responsible research and administrative simplification for implementation as close to the field as possible.
Since 2018, the UM has launched several actions internally and with its partners:

  • Creation of an ABS unit within the institution, with the appointment of a scientific and administrative ABS referent and an internal commission bringing together all the expertise available within the UM's departments
  • Implementation of an inter-institutional committee with the partners of the MUSE I-site (UM, CNRS, INRA, IRD, CIRAD, MSA, IFREMER) in order to work in a network, to share information and to make the internal procedures that will coexist in the research units consistent.
  • Acquisition of expertise through participation in training days and networking: training day with the FRB and the national parks; working meeting on collections with the MNHN.
  • Organization of awareness-raising activities: conference "First steps on ABS" in partnership with the FRB.

The internal procedure is available on the UM's ENT, it is currently being tested in collaboration with a few pilot research units.