workshop “Utilización de recursos genéticos y Protocolo de Nagoya: marco legal y casos prácticos de aplicación en el ámbito marino”

The Centro de Investigación Mariña of the Universidade de Vigo (CIM-UVigo), coordinator of the “European Blue Biobank” (EBB) project is organizing, together with the CETMAR Foundation, a technical workshop to raise awareness of the existing obligations to access and use genetic resources derived from the Nagoya Protocol (2010) and associated regulations.

The Nagoya Protocol, signed by 92 countries including Spain, aims at a fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. In Spain, the Protocol is translated into the ByLaw 124/2017, which regulates the access and use of genetic resources from wild taxa. In Galicia, the Law 5/2019 on natural heritage and biodiversity, reflects basic aspects for the application of the rule in this territory and the obligation of communication of the territorial administration to the national focal point.

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and associated legislation is complex and involves an administrative burden which most users of these resources are unfamiliar with. The conference aims to inform attendees about the obligations and requirements established in this legislation, as well as to present and analyze examples of commercial and non-commercial use of marine resources within the scope of the Protocol. Finally, the Best Practice Guidelines for accessing genetic resources developed within the framework of the EBB project will be presented.

Noelia Vallejo Pedregal, Spanish National Focal Point for the Nagoya Protocol, from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Alejandro Lago, responsible of the UNDP-GEF ABS Global project and Fiz da Costa, researcher from the CIM-UVigo and the responsible of the EBB project, will participate in this event.

The conference will take place at the CETMAR facilities in Vigo on the 14th February 2020 from 11:00 to 14:30 h. Attendance is free, but registration is required. The agenda of this workshop will soon be available at the same link provided for registration.

If you are interested in attending, you can register at the following link:

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3rd General Assembly of EBB-project

The Plentzia Marine Station in the University of the Basque Country (PiE-UPV/EHU) hosted the 3rd general assembly of the EBB project with a first day meeting on the Plentzia Marine Station in Plentzia and a second day in the “Bizkaia Aretoa” of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The advances within each work package were discussed and way ahead during the last year of the project decided.

Within the assembly we hosted the Mini-workshop on EBB Quality Management Systems and a discussion on ABS Best practice guidelines in which Anne Nivart of CETAF and the French national Natural History Musseum and Juan Luis Gomez Pinchetti of the Spanish Algae Bank participated as invited experts.

The meeting was reflected in a short publication in the magazine Europa Azul:

Agentes se reúnen en el País Vasco para coordinar el Biobanco Marino Europeo



54th European Marine Biology Symposium

The 54th European Marine Biology Symposium was held in Dublin from the 25th to the 29th of August 2019. The event gathered a large delegacy of scientists involved in marine biology and ecology research from Europe and beyond. The presentations focused on four main themes, i.e. the rapid changes of organisms, communities and ecosystems, the movement and redistribution of species, the biological traits that are fundamental to be considered in species management and the blue growth. A general session was also organised to discuss any other aspect of marine biology. Within the blue growth framework, Dr. Maria Vittoria Marra (NUIG – National University of Ireland Galway) presented the poster ‘EBB – The European Blue Biobank’ to illustrate mission, approach and outcomes of the EBB project and the role played by NUIG in it. The poster presentation gave Dr. Marra the chance to engage with the audience about the participation of Ireland in EBB as well as in EMBRC, which was also present at the symposium with a dedicated stand.


EBB in Business2Sea 2019

The European Blue Biobank project (by EMBRC – ERIC,, together with the coordinators of the EnhanceMicroAlgae project (, will participate in the upcoming forum Business2Sea2019 (Porto, Portugal, 11-13 November) offering the workshop: Fostering development of microalgal-based industries: legal and practical aspects. The workshop will take place on November 12th at 11:30 am. Register your attendance at: (open until 5 November 2019).


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.