The scientific competence aims at supporting the research of biodiversity. It facilitates the co-operation of scientists and policy-makers in the administration department, in politics, economy and society.more

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Links and Sources


Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN):

FOEN ABS website:

Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (BLW);
BLW, International, Agrobiodiversität und genetische Ressourcen:
BLW, Agroscope, Schweizer Forschung für Land- wirtschaft, Ernährung und Umwelt, Pflanzengenetische Ressourcen:

Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), Information on ABS for academic research:
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), Agreement on Access and Benefit-sharing for Non-commercial Research – Sector specific approach containing Model Clauses: abs/publications

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

General website:
CBD text:
Nagoya Protocol, general website:
Nagoya Protocol, text:
ABS Clearing-House:
CBD Secretariat (2011) Access and benefit-sharing information kit:

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

General website:

ITPGRFA Text of the Convention and Annex 1:

Collections included in the Multilateral System on Access and Benefit-sharing:

World Intellectual Property Organization

Searchable database of actual and model biodiversity-related access and benefit-sharing agreements with particular emphasis on the intellectual property aspects of such agreements:

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

CITES general website:
CITES convention text:
CITES convention, Annexes:

CITES Management Authority in Switzerland: Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO:

Register of scientific institutions entitled to the exemption for non-commercial donation, exchange or loan of listed species:

European Union

EU ABS website includes: Legislation, registered collections, background material and links:


Bundesamt für Naturschutz, ABS Deutschland:

German Research Foundation
Supplementary Instructions for Funding Proposals Concerning Research Projects within the Scope of the CBD:

Other Guidelines and Sources

International Institute for Sustainable Development

ABS Management tool: Best Practice Standard and Handbook for Implementing Genetic Resource Access and Benefit-sharing Activities.
A handbook that provides voluntary guidance to the users and providers of genetic resources and focuses on commercial research.

Provides useful guidance on negotiating partnerships: