Jörg Overmann by Webmaster Keynote speakers Rise of the Fungi 2020-02-26 10:24:41

Research under the Nagoya Protocol and the role of Digital Sequence Information – facts and fiction

Professor dr. Jörg Overmann

The main aim of the Nagoya protocol, adopted at the tenth meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in October 2010, is ‘to promote and safeguard the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources.’
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann, Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Culture Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, adresses in his lecture the question whether the Nagoya protocol currently fulfills its purpose.
In his lecture Overmann will show that in practice the protocol often backfires on the very countries it tries to protect. And he will show in which direction possible solutions may be sought.
Thorough investigation shows that on average the Nagoya protocol delays research projects (in Germany often 3-year projects) with about one year, which is quite substantial.
Sometimes funded projects never even took off. A large bilateral project with a provider country, funded with 10 million euros failed entirely, like other projects in which that country was involved. General conclusion: In stead of promoting the interests of provider countries the protocol often seems to be a hindrance to bilateral research. ‘It is the opposite of what was intended’, Overmann states. It may very well be that the disadvantage so far measured will improve in some countries over time. In his talk professor Overmann will address his expectations in this field.
And then there is this other topic: putting the Digital Sequence Information under the umbrella of Nagoya too. Research of Overmann et al. shows contrary to what was expected: so-called rich countries provide more DSI data and some developing countries benefit more. Given this data putting DSI under the Nagoya-protocol may also backfire. For this too, the DSMZ together with international partners tries to develop alternative solutions.