Consultation outcome

Biodiversity: implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the UK

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This response document summarises the comments received during the public consultation on implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the UK and government’s response to these.

The Nagoya Protocol (Compliance) Regulations 2015 was laid in Parliament on 23 March 2015.

Detail of feedback received

The consultation received 27 responses. Defra also held a stakeholder meeting in London and via teleconference. This was attended by around 30 individuals, some were respondents to the consultation and some not.

Many elements of our proposals were well-received. In some areas respondents gave detailed comments which we have considered in further discussion within government.

Original consultation


Seeking views on proposals for how to implement the Nagoya Protocol and an associated EU regulation in the UK.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about how we propose to implement rules on the use of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in the UK.

A genetic resource can be defined as any potentially useful genetic material that contains ‘functional units of heredity’. Utilising genetic resources means attempting to extract any useful traits from them. Often this is done with the intention of commercialising those useful traits. A definition of what we mean by genetic resources and traditional knowledge is available in the glossary of the consultation document.

The Nagoya Protocol obliges the UK and EU to set out how to use and share the benefits from genetic resources. Where genetic resources have been obtained from another country, they must be used in accordance with their laws.

In particular, we want to know what you think about how we plan to enforce these rules. Most of the rules are in an EU Regulation that will be binding in the UK.

Published 17 March 2014
Last updated 23 March 2015 + show all updates
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