2019-2020 inter-sessional period

Studies on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

In decision 14/20 (paragraph 11 (b) to (e)) the Parties requested the Executive Secretary to commission studies on the following issues:

  • This Study is available for peer review
    Study 1: Peer reviewed science-based fact-finding study on the concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources and how digital sequence information on genetic resources is currently used building on the existing fact-finding and scoping study
  • Peer review is closed for this Study
    Study 2: Peer reviewed study on ongoing developments in the field of traceability of digital information, including how traceability is addressed by databases, and how these could inform discussions on digital sequence information on genetic resources
  • Peer review is closed for this Study
    Study 3: Peer reviewed study on public and, to the extent possible, private databases of digital sequence information on genetic resources, including the terms and conditions on which access is granted or controlled, the biological scope and the size of the databases, numbers of accessions and their origin, governing policies, and the providers and users of the digital sequence information on genetic resources and encourages the owners of private databases to provide the necessary information
  • Peer review is closed for this Study
    Study 4: Peer reviewed study on how domestic measures address benefit-sharing arising from commercial and non-commercial use of digital sequence information on genetic resources and address the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources for research and development, taking into account the submissions provided in paragraph 9 of decision 14/20

The timeline for these studies is as follows:

Date Activity
February/March 2019 Call for submission of expression of interest through notification 2019-12.
October-December 2019 Peer review of the commissioned studies
January 2020 Final study made available for consideration by the AHTEG
17-20 March 2020 Meeting of Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group

The studies are made possible thanks to financial support from Norway and the European Union and its Member States.

This study is available for peer review comments

Study 1 : Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources: Concept, Scope and Current Use

This study explores the concept and scope of digital sequence information on genetic resources and how digital sequence information on genetic resources is currently used building on the existing fact-finding and scoping study.

Study is available for peer review. Please use template to submit views, being sure to specify the study, the page and the line number.

The deadline for peer review comments is 11 December 2019.

Taking into account the tight schedule for the finalization of the study, the Secretariat kindly requests reviewers to adhere strictly to the deadline.

The submissions received by the Secretariat are listed in alphabetical order:

Parties
Submission by received
Ecuador 3 December 2019
Madagascar 21 November 2019

Parties
Submission by received
Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) 4 December 2019

This study is closed for peer review comments

Studies 2 and 3: Combined study on DSI in public and private databases and DSI traceability

This study looks at the on ongoing developments in the field of traceability of digital information, including how traceability is addressed by databases, and how these could inform discussions on digital sequence information on genetic resources; as well an analysis of public and, to the extent possible, private databases of digital sequence information on genetic resources, including the terms and conditions on which access is granted or controlled, the biological scope and the size of the databases, numbers of accessions and their origin, governing policies, and the providers and users of the digital sequence information on genetic resources and encourages the owners of private databases to provide the necessary information.

The deadline for peer review comments was 22 November 2019.

Please note that the peer review is closed for this combined study. Comments or revised comments received after the deadline are posted for reasons of transparency, however they will not be considered in the revised study.

The submissions received by the Secretariat are listed in alphabetical order:

Parties
Submission by received
Argentina 22 November 2019
Australia 22 November 2019
Canada 22 November 2019
China 22 November 2019
Colombia 20 November 2019
Ecuador 3 December 2019
European Union 22 November 2019
Japan 15 November 2019
Madagascar 21 November 2019
Mexico 22 November 2019
Mexico revised comments 4 December 2019
Switzerland 21 November 2019
United Kingdom 22 November 2019

Organizations and stakeholders
Submission by received
BASF 22 November 2019
DSM Nutritional Products 22 November 2019
Euroseeds 22 November 2019
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) 21 November 2019
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 22 November 2019
International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC) 22 November 2019
Japan Bioindustry Association (JBA) 21 November 2019
Joseph Henry Vogel 19 November 2019
Meise Botanic Garden 21 November 2019
Natural History Museum Vienna 22 November 2019
Third World Network (TWN) 22 November 2019
Wellcome Sanger Institute 22 November 2019

This study is closed for peer review comments

Study 4 : Fact-finding Study on How Domestic Measures Address Benefit-sharing Arising from Commercial and Non-commercial Use of Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources and Address the Use of Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources for Research and Development

This study looks at how domestic measures address benefit-sharing arising from commercial and non-commercial use of digital sequence information on genetic resources and addresses the use of digital sequence information on genetic resources for research and development, taking into account the submissions provided in paragraph 9 of decision 14/20.

The deadline for peer review comments was 29 November 2019.

Please note that the peer review is closed for this study. Comments or revised comments received after the deadline are posted for reasons of transparency, however they will not be considered in the revised study.

The submissions received by the Secretariat are listed in alphabetical order:

Parties
Submission by received
Australia 1 December 2019
Belgium 14 November 2019
Colombia 3 December 2019
Costa Rica 29 November 2019
Ecuador 3 December2019
Ethiopia 29 November 2019
European Union 29 November 2019
Guinea-Bissau 1 December 2019
Japan 27 November 2019
Mexico 22 November 2019
Switzerland 27 November 2019

Organizations and stakeholders
Submission by received
German Research Foundation (DFG) 28 November 2019
Euroseeds 29 November 2019
Indigenous Women Network on Biodiversity from Latin America and the Caribbean (RMIB-LAC) 29 November 2019
Japan Bioindustry Association (JBA) 29 November 2019
Joseph Henry Vogel 29 November 2019
Natural History Museum Vienna 29 November 2019
Third World Network (TWN) 29 November 2019

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