Ethics in ethnobotanical research: implementing Access and Benefit Sharing

Earlier this year, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) began gathering practical examples of measures that ex situ collections, research institutions and their networks are taking to ensure that they acquire, use and transfer plant genetic resources and share benefits in compliance with national and international laws, respecting the rights of provider communities and in accordance with mutually agreed terms.

Read Global Diversity Foundation’s contribution entitled Global Diversity Foundation – Conducting ethical conservation research (Teixidor-Toneu, I., Caruso, E., Rankou, H., D’Ambrosio, U., Martin, G.), which describes our ethical engagement with communities. Together with our partner, Moroccan Biodiversity Livelihood Association, we carry out research with community members who participate, as much as possible, throughout the entire process: defining research needs, design and implementation.

Read the article here. Other examples on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) implementation, as compiled by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, can be found here.