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Experts’ Workshop:
The International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol: mutually supportive implementation

29-31 January 2013, Rome, Italy

Participants addressed challenges and options for a mutually supportive implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at the national level.

Following the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol in October 2010, the implementation of regulatory ABS frameworks at the national level will need to ensure that the policy measures taken are consistent with the national implementation of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).This need for harmonisation is reflected by the increasing number of requests for support from developing countries for setting up such coherent regulatory frameworks at national level.


  • Increase the understanding of the inter-linkages between the ITPGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol
  • Support their implementation in a mutually supportive manner by actors involved in national implementation processes
  • Discuss and elaborate approaches for regulating Access and Benefit Sharing for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture at the national level
  • Discuss and elaborate the relation between farmers’ rights and the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol on traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources.


Three days of fruitful discussion resulted in firm commitments for future collaboration among the ABS National Focal Points, Treaty Focal Points, institutions organising the workshop and private sector representatives.

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.

Thirty-seven participants attended the workshop.

This event was jointly organised with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the Secretariat of the ITPGRFA and hosted by Bioversity International.