Brazil joins the Nagoya Protocol - Joint press release by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of the Environment

Published in Mar 04, 2021 08:19 PM Updated in Mar 05, 2021 10:46 AM

Brazil deposited, today, at the UN, its ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), signed by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro.

The delivery of the ratification instrument puts an end to the debate that had been held for years within the scope of the Federal Government and the Legislative Power. Governmental engagement and the commitment made between representatives of the agribusiness and the environmental sectors led to the conclusion of the ratification process.

The Nagoya Protocol is an international instrument that seeks to provide a framework to the least developed pillar of the CBD: the principle of access to genetic resources and the sharing of benefits arising out of their utilization.

Brazil will be able to participate in future discussions within the scope of the Protocol, which will begin to take place at the next Conference of the Parties to the CBD, as a country that has an advanced legislation on biodiversity and on benefit- sharing and that also has a modern agricultural sector, as well as invaluable genetic resources derived from its environmental heritage.

Brazil's adherence to the Nagoya Protocol will help to create legal certainty for both users and providers of genetic resources, in addition to play an important role in the process of adding value to Brazilian environmental assets, especially in the context of the payment for environmental services and in bioeconomy development.

Brazil reaffirms its commitment to sustainable development and its engagement with the multilateral system, while it seeks to achieve its technological and economic autonomy and the strengthening of its sovereignty over natural resources in its territory.