A comparative analysis of the policy options for DSI under the CBD: How do they measure up?

Establishing & implementing an effective Post-2020 Framework for Biodiversity will not be possible without coming to an agreement on a solution for DSI that enables fair & equitable sharing of benefits while preserving open access in support of research, biodiversity conservation, food security & public health.

The DSI Scientific Network, the Global Plant Council, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture hosted a joint webinar to discuss the implications of different policy options for a benefit sharing mechanism for DSI. Experts shared their views on the possible impacts of the proposed policy options, highlighting where win-win solutions could be identified from a research perspective.

Use of DSI underpins work in all science fields. Parties must find a way to ensure the benefits of this use are shared fairly & equitably. The ongoing biodiversity crisis demonstrates the urgent need for further research into how to address & reverse it, which will depend on open access to DSI.


Martha Cepeda, Universidad Central, Colombia

Elizabeth Neilson, Global Plant Council


Agenda and Panellists:

• What do we mean by “open access”? by Andrew Hufton, Biotechnology Journal and Advanced Genetics, Wiley.

• Overview of the CBD policy options matrix – how do they measure up? by Manuela da Silva, Fiocruz and David Nicholson, Wellcome Sanger Institute

• Thinking through the economic implications of the policy options by Derek Eaton, Smart Prosperity Institute

• Understanding the use of DSI in research and the role of open access
   -The case of wheat and maize by Sarah Hearne, CIMMYT
   -Using DSI for public health by Christine Prat, European Virus Archive.

• Q&A