Specialized international access and benefit sharing instruments in the context of Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Nagoya Protocol

Article 4, paragraph 4, of the Nagoya Protocol states that “This Protocol is the instrument for the implementation of the access and benefit-sharing provisions of the Convention. Where a specialized international access and benefit-sharing instrument applies that is consistent with, and does not run counter to the objectives of the Convention and this Protocol, this Protocol does not apply for the Party or Parties to the specialized instrument in respect of the specific genetic resource covered by and for the purpose of the specialized instrument.” The discussions under Article 4, paragraph 4, emerged at the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting to the Parties of the Nagoya Protocol.