Plentzia Marine Station interviews Ibon Cancio (UPV/EHU)

The Plentzia Marine Station in the University of the Basque Country (PiE-UPV/EHU) in preparation to the Decade of the Ocean Science for Sustainable Development has a special section in a weekly science dissemination radio program. The name of the program is “Norteko Ferrokarrila” in “Euskadi Irratia” and the name of the section of 25 minutes is “The mermaid´s corner”. The program of the 31st of May 2019 was dedicated to inform the people on the Nagoya protocol and its implications in the sustainable utilization of marine genetic resources.

The link to the program can be found here:

The section with an interview to Ibon Cancio begins in minute 28.

Euskadi Irratia, is the Basque public radio, in Basque language and it has an audience of 402,000 people.

EBB and the Nagoya Protocol

On the 10th July 2019 Fiz da Costa, Project manager of the EBB, presented the project “European Blue Biobank (EBB)” and Belén Sánchez, who is a Professor of International Public Law at University of Vigo, gave a presentation entitled “Cuestiones jurídicas relativas al acceso y utilización de recursos genéticos: Del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica al Protocolo de Nagoya y su implementación en España” at
the Instituto de Investigación Mariñas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo, Spain. Researchers from Misión Biologógica de Galicia-CSIC of Pontevedra (Spain), IIM-CSIC of Vigo, CETMAR (Vigo,) and other institutions and general public discussed during nearly 3 hours about the implications of Nagoya protocols and its related regulations on the research projects implementation.

Abstract of the presentation:

Belén analyzes in her presentation, from a legal perspective, the issues related to the access and use of genetic resources explaining different instruments that create, in the end, the complex puzzle in which the conditions of access, use and fair participation are established and equitable in the benefits that derive from its use. The objective of this presentation is to present, from the perspective of a user of genetic resources, the steps to follow to comply with the requirements that derive from different international legal instruments, that is, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and fair and equitable share in the benefits that derive from their use -of which Spain is a part-; from an European perspective, such as the Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the EP and the Council of 19 April 2014 on measures of compliance of users of the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and fair and equitable participation in Benefits arising from its use in the Union and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1866 of 13 October 2015 laying down detailed rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council with regard to the registration of collections, the monitoring of compliance by users and the application of best practices; as well as the Spanish implementation measures established in Royal Decree 124/2017 of February the 24th regarding access to genetic resources from wild taxa and control of use.

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BIO World Congress 2019

From the 8th to 11th of July 2019, the IBioIC will be presenting on biorefineries and taking a stand at BIO World Congress to showcase the work of the Centre including our membership of the EBB project consortium.

BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and AgTech is a unique forum for business executives, government officials, academic researchers and end users to share the latest advances in industrial chemicals and products, food ingredients, advanced biofuels and biorefinery platforms, synthetic biology, agricultural technologies, crop production and more.

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FEMS 2019 | 8th Congress of European Microbiologists

From 7th to 11th  of July 2019, IBioIC will be taking a stand at FEMS2019 to showcase the work of the Centre to a scientific audience.

FEMS brings together leading scientists spanning the various fields of microbiology. The congress will showcase recent developments to address some of the global challenges we face today such as antimicrobial resistance, environmental pollution and the emergence of pathogenic disease. The FEMS congresses are the only scientific meetings at European and International level providing a unique forum for interdisciplinary dialogue between all microbiological specialities from basic research to applied and across all sectors – academic, policy, business, educational, and communications.

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16th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium

The 16th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium with the theme “The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience” was held at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, from Wednesday 4th July to Friday 6th July 2018.

Laura Movilla from the University of Vigo chaired the Session “Voices, Rights and Interactions in Biodiversity Law”, on 4th July 2018; and presented the communication “Evolution and challenges in the regulation of marine genetic resources in the European Union”, in the session “Challenges in Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge Governance”, on 5th July 2018.

The event brought together over 300 participants from six continents to discuss current international, comparative, national, and local environmental law issues.

Summary of the communication by Laura Movilla: 

The European Union is a great user and host of own and foreign genetic resources through its pharmaceutical sector and ex-situ network of botanical gardens, collections and gene banks. In the specific field of marine genetic resources, blue biotechnology is one of five sectors that are being promoted within the European Blue Growth Strategy. However, its applicable legal framework is still quite complex and uncertain. The aim of this paper is to explore these regulatory challenges. At the international level, the legal regime of marine genetic resources is determined by the confluence of norms from the law of the sea, the system of the CBD and intellectual property and patent law. At the same time, its specific legal regime will depend on 1) where those maritime genetic resources were originally located: in areas under national jurisdiction, areas beyond national jurisdiction, in the Antarctic Maritime Area or marine protected areas; and 2) when they were acceded, before or after the entry into force of the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol. For its part, the EU, which was very active in the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol, adopted in 2014 the Regulation 511/2014, on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization in the Union. Soon after, an implementing regulation and a guidance document on the scope of the EU ABS Regulation were also adopted in 2015 and 2016. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of ambiguities and challenges in this young regulation (e.g. the penalties that Member States must establish in case of infringement of the ABS regulation by users) and its implementation by upstream and downstream users (e.g. the correct identification of its obligations or the effective registration of collections and recognition of good practices). At the same time, upcoming developments such a first report of the European Commission on the application and effectiveness of this Regulation, as well as additional sectorial guidance are expected to bring more clarity on the European legal regime on maritime genetic resources.


Find more at the website of the colloquium here.

Environmental Specimen Banks Conference 2019

The researcher Xabier Lekube (Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) presented the poster “Level of compliance with the Nagoya protocol within the Biscay Bay Environmental Specimen Bank” in the  5th International Conference on Environmental Specimen Banks Conference 2019 held in Stockholm (Sweden) from 3-5 June 2019, with the co-authors Arnaud Larroquete, Anne Emmanuelle Kervella, Ian Probert, Antonio Villanueva and Ibon Cancio.

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Seminar | The law of the sea and vulnerable people and groups

On 24th May 2018, Laura Movilla presentedChallenges of developing countries in the access and benefit-sharing of marine genetic resources” at the seminar: “The law of the sea and vulnerable people and groups”, held at the Port Authority of Vigo.

Abstract of the presentation:

Developing countries face specific access and benefit-sharing difficulties related to the utilization of marine genetic resources, mainly due to their low marine scientific training and poor development of marine technology. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) establishes the general legal framework on the rights and obligations of coastal States and of third countries, regarding access to the different marine areas and their resources, as well as the provisions on marine scientific research and marine technology transfer. On the subject of marine genetic resources under national jurisdiction, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Nagoya Protocol) address the historical claims of the developing countries, where the objective is fair and equitable benefit-sharing from the utilization of genetic resources and related traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities, including proper access to genetic resources and appropriate technology transfer. Negotiations are underway for drawing up an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, which will also address marine genetic resources, capacity building and marine technology transfer issues.

Café con Sal conference cycle

On the 19th February 2019, Antonio Villanueva, Coordinator of the EBB project, presented at the “Café con Sal” conference cycle, the implications for marine biological researchers of novel regulations regulating access to genetic resources, with the lecture “ABS: are you talking about my car brakes?“. With this conference, Antonio Villanueva, coordinator of EBB project, aimed to raise awareness among research staff about this legal requirement, giving to the assistants some basic information and some tips to reduce as far as possible the impact of these new regulations on their activity.

The conference took place at the conference room of the ECIMAT at 11:00h (CET) and was live streamed on and will be permanently available on CIM ( and UVigoTV websites:

Presentation of Antonio Villanueva by Alba Hernández, CIM-UVigo

Conference by Antonio Villanueva, CIM-UVigo

Questions time by Antonio Villanueva, CIM-UVigo

The presentation can be downloaded following the link