The Nagoya Protocol and Brexit – should the UK remain a member?

The Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is well-intentioned, but not well-balanced.

It obstructs important research on genetic resources, so work on crucial topics such as human health and food security is complicated, delayed or does not happen.   It needs to be interpreted and enforced in a way which gives proper weight to all three objectives of the the CBD, as well as to other important public policy objectives. The EU regulation that applies it fails to do this.  Therefore, on Brexit, it must not be transposed unchanged into UK law.

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Date Published: 3 July 2017

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