European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources

Regional platform for the support of management, conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources

Access and Benefit Sharing

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

The ERPF Task Force “Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)” will address the following tasks:

The Nagoya Protocol (NP) for Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources has been adopted as part of an International Regime on ABS. The NP  has been adopted by the required number of 50 states in 2014 and will also cover animal genetic resources (AnGR). In particular, the specific policies and measures which might best constitute components of a specific International Regime for AnGR, need further elaboration. Although the practices for AnGR are very different, it is worth thinking about the political implications and possible benefits of common guidelines or recommendations or even a formalised agreement on AnGR.
The Task Force “Access and Benefit Sharing” (ABS) has the primary responsibility for this issue. There is a need for contacts and a fruitful exchange with other relevant organisa-tions/stakeholders in ABS. Therefore a collaboration with the breeding industry should be improved. This could be managed by meetings with different stakeholders.
For the European Genebank Network for AnGR (EUGENA) standardized Material Transfer Agreements and Material Acquisition Agreement should be developed.


Elzbieta Martyniuk
National Coordinator for Animal Genetic Resources of Poland


Austria                 Beate Berger
Czech Republic     Vera Matlova
The Netherlands         Sipke-Joost Hiemstra
Norway                Nina Sæther
Slovakia               Jan Tomka
Slovenia               Danijela Bojkovski
Switzerland          Alwin Kopse

observer              FAO


  • Council of the European Union: Information note by the Presidency and the Commission on “Outcomes of the First meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (ICNP-1)” (Montreal, Canada, 6 to 10 June 2011)
  • FAO CGRFA 12/2009 background study paper no. 42: Framework Study on Food security and Access and Benefit for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • FAO CGRFA 12/2009 background study paper no. 43: The use and exchange of Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research: Susette Biber-Klemm / Michelangelo Temmerman on “Rights to Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”.