Digital sequence information on genetic resources

In December 2016, both the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the second meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol addressed the issue of digital sequence information on genetic resources (DSI) and decided to consider, at their next respective meetings, any potential implications of the use of this information for the objectives of the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol. A process was established to facilitate the deliberations on this matter, find out more here: What has been done on DSI.

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Webinar 4 and Discussion Forum: Criteria to Consider Policy Options on DSI

The fourth webinar of the series on digital sequence information on genetic resources, and an online discussion forum. The informal online discussion forum will enable Parties and stakeholders to share information and views on policy options and evaluation criteria. The forum will be kicked off by the 4th webinar in the DSI series and will focus on criteria for the evaluation of policy options with regards to digital sequence information on genetic resources.

This event is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the leadership of the Co-chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

This event will include:

1. A webinar on Criteria for Assessing DSI Policy Options

Date: 21 April 2021
Time: 9am-10am EDT (1pm-2pm UTC)

Click here to view paper summarizing criteria to assess policy options on DSI

2. Online Forum covering 3 topics:

21 April - Categories of policy options
21 April - Potential criteria for assessing policy options
24 April - Policy options feasibility and appropriateness

All threads will close on 2 May 2021.
The discussion forum is available at:

Details on Webinar/Forum Agenda

The webinar will be held on the Interactio platform in English with simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish. Attendees do not require a camera or microphone to participate in this webinar, only your computer’s speaker or earphones. Please note that there will be a Q&A to clarify any material presented in the webinar but all discussion will be taking place in the discussion forum. The online discussion forum will be in English.


Click here to view recent webinars from the series on DSI

For more information please see the following webinar summary: