Brazil has ratified the Nagoya Protocol bringing the number of Parties to 130
Brazil becomes a Nagoya Protocol country
Last week, Brazil announced that it had deposited its instrument of ratification for the Nagoya Protocol.
Brazil has already had laws on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for a long time but it was not a Party to the Nagoya Protocol. As a Party, it will now be able to participate in international meetings of the Parties to the Protocol and any relevant decision-making.
German researchers may compliance obligations if they are using “genetic resources” from Brazil
For researchers in Germany, Brazil’s ratification of the Nagoya Protocol could change things. If their research involves “genetic resources“ from Brazil, this research could potentially fall under Regulation (EU) No 511/2014, meaning that affected researchers would have compliance obligations in Germany.
More and more countries are becoming Parties to the Nagoya Protocol
Brazil is not the only country to have recently joined the Nagoya Protocol. In 2020, Greece, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Tonga became Parties.
You can find more information about the parties to the Nagoya Protocol in the ABS Clearing House: https://absch.cbd.int/.