National Focal Point Access and Benefit Sharing (WOT-03-004-058)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), the regulation of the access to and use of genetic resources and the sharing of benefits arising from their use between providers and users, has become increasingly important for the international exchange of genetic resources. EU-regulation 511/2014, adopted by the European Union in 2014 to implement the Nagoya Protocol in the EU, obliges all users of genetic resources in the EU to exercise due diligence to ascertain that the genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge they utilise were lawfully obtained, and that the benefits arising from their use are shared between providers and users.


The project ‘National Focal Point Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS)' will ensure that adequate awareness concerning agreements relating to ABS arises within the different groups of users of genetic resources in the Netherlands, and make sure that sufficient knowledge is available on the contents of agreements, laws and regulations. This should contribute to the realization of 'supported implementation' of ABS regulations in the Netherlands.


To achieve this, the National Focal Point (NFP) keeps the interactive, bilingual (Dutch and English) NFP website ( up to date, distributes newsletters, and uses social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) to inform (potential) users of ABS matters. The NFP fulfils a helpdesk function by answering ABS and provides presentations and other information activities. At its request, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) is supported by the NFP during meetings of international fora and during visits and missions. The NFP supports LNV and the Netherlands Food Safety Authority (NVWA) in relation to the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the NFP ascertains that the information on the Netherlands on de ABS Clearing-House (ABSCH) website of the CBD is accurate and up to date, and the NFP maintains contacts with National Focal Points and other ABS authorities abroad to ensure the exchange of knowledge and information.

Effective start/end date1/01/2231/12/26


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