Global Webinar Series on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

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The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, organised an informal global webinar series to share information related to Digital Sequence Information on genetic resources (DSI),. The objetive is to foster a common understanding of DSI and its importance and linkages to the Convention, the Nagoya Protocol, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

As exprressed by Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity: “At the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Parties agreed on the importance of DSI for the three objectives of the Convention, and that access and use of DSI constributes to scientific research as well as to other commercial and non commercial activities. It was also agreed that further capacity to access, use, generate and analyse DSI is needed in many countries. However, there is divergence of views among Parties regarding benefit-sharing from the use of DSI. Therefore, Parties committed to working towards resolving this divergence through a science and policy-based process established for this biennium”.

This webinar series offrers a space to share some of the results of the science and policy-based process and to reflect what is at stake not only for the CBD but also for the sucess of the post-2020 global biodiversity.

Watch the videos DSI – Simply Explained – YouTube and Points to consider when assessing policy options for DSI, launched by the ABS Capacity Building Initiative.

Available resources

Webinar 1: Understanding digital sequence information on genetic resources: a technical overview of its production, distribution and use.

What does DSI mean? How is it generated? Who is using DSI and for which purposes? How is DSI being dealt with in international fora? This session, hosted by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative on Tuesday, 1 December 2020, provided a technical overview of the production, distribution and use of digital sequence information (DSI).

The webinar focused on the exchange of technical information regarding DSI. It did not serve as a platform for negotiations, or understanding different views or questions related to the scope of DSI or regulatory options.

View the recording here.

Webinar 2: Process and recent outcomes related to digital sequence information on genetic resources under the CBD

Hosted by the CBD Secretariat with the participation of the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG), this event presented key findings of the three peer reviewed studies carried out during the inter-sessional period and the outcomes of the AHTEG on DSI.

View the recording here.

Access here to the presentation on the origin of DSI and process under the CBD

Access here the presentation on DSI: Concept, scope and current use

Access here the presentation on Combined study on digital sequence information in public and private databases and traceability

Access here the presentation on Domestic measures on DSI                     

Acess here the presentation on Key Outcomes of the AHTEG — Summary of key outcomes presented by AHTEG Co-Chairs.

Webinar 3: Policy Options for ABS and DSI

This webinar presented different policy options for access and benefit-sharing and digital sequence information on genetic resources emerging from various studies and dialogues, being proposed by different actors and stakeholders.

View the recording here.

Stay tuned for the upcoming webinars and dialogues on DSI, held by the CBD!

You are invited to leave your comments and questions on this topic here.

Agustina Rato

Agustina Rato

Web Content and Communications Officer, UNDP – GEF Global ABS Project / United Nations Volunteer Component.

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