OEWG4 – Fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized intersessional meetings of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to prepare a draft of and recommendations for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This strategic plan will guide the Parties to achieve the CBD objectives. The development of a recommendation on DSI and benefit sharing is key in this process. 

Multiple members of the DSI Scientific Network participated in the CBD’s fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG4), held in Nairobi on June 21-26, 2022. 

A statement on key points to be considered during the DSI negotiations to avoid hindering scientific research, was delivered by Martha Lucia Cepeda, on behalf of the Network during the DSI Contact Group meeting on June 22.

Two additional statements were drafted, but could not be presented due to time limitations. The first was drafted for the opening plenary session on June 21 and the second for the stocktaking plenary session on June 24th.

You can find the outcomes of the OEWGs here.

Members of the DSI Scientific Network will also participate in the Fifth meeting of the OEWG, which will be held in Montreal, Canada on December 3-5. 

A Multilateral Solution to the DSI Dilemma?

Four webinars focused on researchers’ experience and priorities regarding DSI. Panelists discussed the implications of an access and benefit sharing (ABS) system for digital sequence information (DSI) in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, reflecting on lessons learned from existing ABS arrangements, such as under the Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA.

Asia-Pacific Webinar – July 5th, 2021


Dr. Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT (CGIAR) & Murdoch University


Dr. Yogesh Shouche, National Center for Mircobial Resource, India

Prof. Charles Lawson, Griffith University (TBC)

Dr. Amber Scholz, DSMZ Leibniz Institute

Prof. Elizador T. Yu, The Marine Science Institute, University of the Pihillipines

Prof. Mutsuaki Suzuki, National Institute of Genetics, Japan

Latin America Webinar – July 5th, 2021


Rodrigo Sara, One Planet Solutions


Alejandra Sierra, Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala

Felipe García Cardona, Institute for Biological Alexander von Humboldt, Colombia

Scarlett Sett, European Virus Archive (EVA-GLOBAL), Germany

Ibon Cancio, European Marine Biological Resource Centre – Spain (EMBRC-Spain) & University of the Basque Country, Spain

Manuela da Silva, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Brazil

Africa Webinar – July 6th, 2021


Moderated by Prof. Dorington Ogoyi, CEO, National Biosafety Authority, Kenya


Douglas W. Miano, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Kassahun Tesfaye, Ethiopia Biotechnology Institute, Ethiopia

Halima Benbouza, University of Batna and National Council of Scientific Research and Technologies, Algeria

Krystal Tolley, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

Christian Keambou Tiambo, Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health – ILRI, Kenya

Europe and North America – July 6th, 2021


Michael Halewood, Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT, CGIAR Genebank Platform


Christopher H.C. Lyal, Natural History Museum, UK

Raquel Hurtado Ortiz, National Collection of Cultures of Microorganisms (CNCM), Institut Pasteur, France

Amber Scholz, Leibniz Institute DSMZ, Germany

Guy Cochrane, European Molecular Biology Laboratory European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), UK

Finding Compromise on ABS & DSI in the CBD: Requirements & Policy Ideas from a Scientific Perspective

Ahead of the next negotiations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Digital Sequence Information (DSI), the WiLDSI project released a white paper entitled “Finding Compromise on ABS & DSI in the CBD: Requirements & Policy Ideas from a Scientific Perspective”. The white paper, written by a group of interdisciplinary experts, looks at which policy options could be compatible with scientific concerns around open access and the debates on DSI within the CBD. The online event held on October 7th presented the white paper and provided an interactive format for looking at the pros and cons of the policy options as well as offer an opportunity for discussion.

The event was hosted by the WiLDSI project, an interdisciplinary research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) led by the Leibniz Institutes DSMZ and IPK to research viable open access DSI policy options and proactively involve the scientific stakeholder community.