Desafíos de los países en desarrollo en el acceso y el reparto de beneficios derivados de la utilización de los recursos genéticos marinos

In this chapter, including into “El derecho del mar y las personas y grupos vulnerables” book, Dr. Laura Movilla, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Vigo, explains the international legal regime for marine genetic resources, the law of the sea or the marine genetic resources on the developing countries, among other interested points.

Full reference:

Desafíos de los países en desarrollo en el acceso y el reparto de beneficios derivados de la utilización de recursos genéticos marinos”, en OANTA, G. A (Coord.): El Derecho del mar y las personas y grupos vulnerables, Bosch Editor, 2018, pp. 157-195; ISBN: 978-84-949123-9-9.

Communication Kit (Deliverable D2.2)

Our communication kit includes a series of materials made up of posters, brochures, documents or partners logos that are useful to show EBB mission, the main aims of project or the entities integrated in the consortium.

This set of materials proofs to be very useful for partners to communicate information to media and stakeholders in a homogeneous way. Likewise, the members of the consortium will be able to provide a clear image of the project with a unified message and brand.

Advances and uncertainties in compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union

The article “Advances and uncertainties in compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol in the European Union” authored by Dr. Laura Movilla, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Vigo, has been accepted for publication in the journal Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Research for this article was supported by the project ‘European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank’ (EBB), funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme.

You can find it here.

Webinar Project Global ABS of PNUD-GEF Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions

Ibon Cancio participated in the webinar “Webinar Aspectos Centrales de ABS y el Protocolo de Nagoya – Su papel en la Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Científica” inside the project Global ABS (Fortalecimiento de los recursos humanos, los marcos legales y las capacidades institucionales para aplicar el Protocolo de Nagoya) of the PNUD-GEF program of the United Nations for Latin America. The goals of the EBB Project were presented together with aspects related to the incorporation of Digital Sequence Information (DSI) to the definition of Genetic Resources, with the talk entitled: “20,000 genes de viaje marino: del recurso genético físico al digital, pasando por Nagoya”. The overarching goal of the webinar was to present the newly approved ABS national regulation to the scientific community of Uruguay.


The contents of the workshop can be visited here:

European Blue Biobank (EBB) promo clip

The activities carried out in our project are the result of the joint work of a multidisciplinary team made up of some of the most important marine collections in Europe, marine biotechnology clusters and companies, together with national agencies responsible for the access to marine genetic resources.

As a result of this coordinated effort, the project was awarded in 2018 at the Atlantic Project Awards, in the category of “Atlantic Marine and coastal environment”.

In this video you can see the main activities that we carry out and which are the biobanks, clusters, companies and competent national authorities that make up our consortium, as well as, some images of the award ceremony.

Get a glimpse here!

“Why a landmark treaty to stop ocean biopiracy could stymie research”

A recent paper published last March in “Nature” reports on the on-going negotiations about the Nagoya protocol extension. In the current protocol, the legal regime for the access to non-human genetic resources as well as the equitable and fair sharing of benefits obtained from their utilization is developed. As far as marine resources are concerned, the current protocol only covers waters within national jurisdiction, yet there are many resources in international waters sea whose benefits are not shared in an equitative way. Authored by Olive Heffernan, the paper describes how the new treaty will include genetic resources accessed in international waters, as well as the digital genetic sequences obtained from those genetic resources. Some researchers fear that the new legal framework will become a bottleneck that hamper their access to marine genetic at high seas, ultimately hindering new discoveries.

BPI Innov Generation

Bpifrance Inno Generation is a unique event in France, designed by and for entrepreneurs, and driven byBpifrance’s values: simplicity, proximity, determination and optimism. A variety of unique content and concrete themes provides a unique opportunity for all visitors to develop their business and network. The Bpifrance gathering is 1,000 speakers including 100 top international speakers; 45,000 participants; more than 30 international delegations; 13 regions represented; 400 workshops and conferences and 50partner media from all over the world. All these people, companies and entities present to buildtomorrow’s world in the face of climate, digital and societal challenges. At Bpifrance Inno, all views and experiences are brought together.


09:45-11:00La bioéconomie, une réponse durable à la transition écologique ?

11:05-11:35 Zoom sur les projets collaboratifs internationaux : avantages pour les entreprises innovantes et « success stories »

11:45-12:15 Financer sa création : quelles solutions complémentaires aux banques ?

13:45-15:00 Innovation et développement durable, c’est rentable !

13:45-14:15 Deeptech : comment l’Europe accélère votre levée de fonds ?

16:00-16:45 Design thinking : changez d’état d’esprit pour une innovation positive

17:45-18:15 Accélérez à l’international avec INNOWWIDE, la nouvelle subvention européenne



EMA (Enhanced MicroAlgae) Marketplace

Enhance microalgae project, with whom EBB already shared the organisation of a workshop last November, launches now an interesting initiative: a “virtual Marketplace”, an online platform to exchange interests, knowledge, techniques and services in the field of microalgae ( The virtual marketplace enables to post requests and offers. Enhance microalgae is also maintaining a database of stakeholders related to the microalgae sector, which can be consulted online here:

WiLSI workshop “Digital Sequence information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions”

Ibon Cancio participated in the workshop and on enrolment was invited to present his perspective as researcher on the utilization of Digital Sequence Information in marine biological sciences. The aim of the workshop was to present European Commission policy makers and Nagoya national focal points on the needs of researchers in regard to DSI and the hurdles that new regulations in the framework of the Nagoya protocol on Access and benefit Sharing could impose in scientific advances.

Three regulatory scenarios were discussed in advance of the COP meeting to take place in China in October 2020.

The contents of the workshop can be visited here: