Ibon Cancio was invited to participate as scientific advisor in the steering committee of the German project “WiLDSI: Science-based approaches for Digital Sequence Information” (Directed by: Leibniz Institutes DSMZ, IPK Gatersleben). In the framework of this project the White Paper “Finding compromise on ABS & DSI in the CBD: Requirements & policy ideas. From a scientific perspective”. Scholz, A.H.; Hillebrand, U.; Freitag, J; Cancio, I.; et al. 49 pp. (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.35180.80001) was published here
The aim of the paper is to present the needs of researchers in regard to DSI and the hurdles that new regulations on DSI inclusion within Nagoya protocol on Access and benefit Sharing could impose in scientific advances, The paper presents 5 policy options that would safeguard open access, simplicity, legal certainty, future proof and present possibilities to include genetic resources. This is presented as a discussion paper in advance of the COP15 meeting to take place in China in 2021.
The White paper was publicly launched on the 7th of October of 2020 through a Webinar attended worldwide by 406 registered stakeholders. Ibon Cancio presented the section entitled “Misfits: Nagoya Protocol and DSI”.
The webinar “Finding compromise on ABS & DSI in the CBD: Requirements & policy ideas from a scientific perspective” can be visualised in the recorded video to be found here