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Translating DSMZ science for CBD policymakers

As a large biological resource center, the DSMZ receives deposits into the collection from dozens of countries and sends biological material out to nearly a hundred countries. In addition, many of our on-going research projects involve international collaborations. As a result, over the last ten or more years, we have worked hard to ensure compliance with international legal frameworks that govern use and transfer of biological material (genetic resources), in particular, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and, more recently, the Nagoya Protocol. In particular, we were the first registered collection in the EU under EU-implementing legislation, Regulation (EU) No 511/2014.

These early efforts have led to a science policy team and an increased involvement with national and international policymaking in these processes. Through our collaboration in various extramurally-funded projects we have been enabled to connect and translate our research and collection activities into a broader policy and socially-relevant context.


Selected references

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