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A need for Recalibration of the Discussions on Access and Benefit Sharing

Version 1 : Received: 5 September 2021 / Approved: 7 September 2021 / Online: 7 September 2021 (16:07:18 CEST)

How to cite: Sara, R.; Wyss, M.; Custers, R.; in 't Veld, A.; Muyldermans, D. A need for Recalibration of the Discussions on Access and Benefit Sharing. Preprints 2021, 2021090132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0132.v1). Sara, R.; Wyss, M.; Custers, R.; in 't Veld, A.; Muyldermans, D. A need for Recalibration of the Discussions on Access and Benefit Sharing. Preprints 2021, 2021090132 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0132.v1).

Abstract

Facing unprecedented global declines in the extent and integrity of ecosystems, the 15th UN Biodiversity Conference (COP-15) in Kunming, China, presents an opportunity for transformative change. However, a lack of consensus on two key issues – resource mobilization and Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) associated with Digital Sequence Information (DSI) – risks stalling negotiations for an ambitious ‘Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework’ as the next 10-year strategic plan under the Convention on Biological Diversity. We highlight systemic misconceptions concerning the financing of biodiversity and the burden this places on the ABS system. In the context of DSI, we caution that conflating ABS with resource mobilization risks disrupting modern science policy built on open access, with potentially severe ramifications for scientific research and innovation. To resolve these tensions, we call for a recalibration of discussions on ABS in order to maximize the value delivered by biodiversity for all of society, including indigenous peoples and local communities.

Keywords

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS); resource mobilization; Digital Sequence Information (DSI); Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework; biodiversity crisis

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