Some people talk about the "Geneva Biodiversity Conference", which will meet from 13-29 March 2022. This refers to the monitoring bodies of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which are meeting in Geneva almost 2 years late due to the pandemic, in order to prepare decisions for the UN Biodiversity Conference in China planned for autumn 2022. So far, the bodies could only meet virtually, but negotiations did not take place virtually.
Important preliminary decisions are now expected for the Global Goal on ABS, the Nagoya Protocol and DSI. You can find out about the progress of negotiations on a daily basis via the newsletter "Earth Negotiation Bulletin" (https://enb.iisd.org/cbd-sbstta24-sbi3-global-biodiversity-framework).
On 15 March 2022, the Network Forum on Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo) together with the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (GFF) invites you to an evening event "On the way to the World Conference on Nature - what course must be set now for German and European policy?" via live stream. In addition to a high-ranking science panel, BM'in Lemke will be a guest.
More information at https://www.dbu.de/550artikel39282_2440.html
We would also like to draw your attention to current publications on ABS and DSI:
Info for Users:
Kervella A.E. et al (2021). Seek, Keep & Transfer - A Step-by-Step Guide to ABS Compliance When Utilizing Marine Genetic Resources. https://www.embrc.eu/sites/default/files/publications/A-step-by-step-guide-to-ABS-compliance-when-utilizing-marine-genetic-resources.pdf
Rojas, P.A. et al (2021) Handbook for Access to Genetic Resources and their By-Products in Colombia. absch.cbd.int/api/v2013/documents/12047C68-DD45-A6AB-A8B5-A7A48592C24D/attachments/HANDBOOK%20FOR%20ACCESS%20TO%20GENETIC%20RESOURCES%20AND%20THEIR-BY%20PRODUCTS%20IN%20COLOMBIA.pdf
On the International Negotiations:
Scholz, A. H. et al. (2022) Multilateral benefit-sharing from digital sequence information will support both science and biodiversity conservation. Nature Communications https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28594-0
Sara, R. et al. (2022). Open access: a technical assessment for the debate on benefit-sharing and digital sequence information. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5849643
Sara, R., A.L. Hufton, and A. H. Scholz. (2021) Compatible or Incompatible? "DSI, Open Access, and Benefit-Sharing." SocArXiv. doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/nw8g9
"Nature in Common, about the Nagoya Protocol" by the French National Research Institutes IRD and MNHN analyses how benefit-sharing under the Nagoya Protocol has become a sticking point in the CBD negotiations (full fee only, en.ird.fr/ird-and-mnhn-publish-book-nature-common-beyond-nagoya-protocol).