EMBRIC adopts principles for preserving, accessing, exploring and sharing marine genetic resources
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has three main objectives: the conservation of the biodiversity, the sustainable use of its components; and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources. EMBRIC endorses all these objectives and encourages its members to adopt Access and Benefit Sharing best practices, standards and compliance measures to protect ownership of genetic resources (EU ABS Regulation No 511/2014). As a service provider to research and development on marine bio-resources, EMBRIC further fully supports the Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the core values adopted by the CIESM Charter on Access and Benefit Sharing in the context of the Ocean Sampling Day.
The EMBRIC community is convinced that the principles of open access for data, international exchange and the availability of biological materials for basic research are highly beneficial to economic and social development for all countries. Global cooperation is essential to avoid double efforts and facilitate access to genetic resources. Consequently, viewing global cooperation as the key, EMBRIC supports the COOP+ cluster in its efforts to establish a Forum on International Cooperation among Environmental RIs. EMBRIC calls for European Research Infrastructures to advocate the principles for preserving, accessing, exploring and sharing of marine genetic resources in a coordinated way.
Read the entire EMBRIC position paper here. The position paper written in collaboration with Anne Emmanuelle Kervella, ABS Officer at EMBRC-France, has been endorsed by the two research infrastructures EMBRC-ERIC and EU-OPENSCREEN-ERIC, and Marc Vandeputte, coordinator of the research infrastructure AQUAEXCEL.