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News | Brazil accedes to the Nagoya Protocol


On March 4, Brazil presented to the United Nations (UN) its letter of ratification of the Nagoya Protocol, which regulates the access and the sharing of benefits of the genetic resources of biodiversity.

The ratification of the Nagoya Protocol is in line with the provisions of Federal Law 13,123/15, which deals with the access to Brazilian genetic heritage, sharing its benefits and sustainable use.

With the publication of Legislative Decree 136/2020 in the Official Gazette on March 12, Brazil’s accession to the Protocol became official and put an end to debates that had stretched for years between the federal government and the Legislative Power.  This outcome honors the commitments between the agribusiness and environmental sectors with the federal government.

The Nagoya Protocol is a multilateral agreement, supplementary to the Biological Diversity Convention (CBD), prepared during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Eco-92, in Rio de Janeiro), and refers to the Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing derived from their utilization. It was completed in 2010, in Nagoya, Japan, and signed by Brazil in 2011 in New York.

The treaty covers points such as payment of royalties, establishment of joint ventures, financing of research, sharing of results, transfer of technologies and training.

Brazil’s adherence to the Protocol will provide greater legal certainty to users and suppliers of genetic material, valuing Brazilian environmental assets, in addition to promoting the development of the bioeconomy in our country.

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