German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol

Thomas Greiber
0228 / 8491-1380

Ellen Frederichs
0228 / 8491-1381
+49 (0)228 8491-1311 (secretary’s office)
+49 (0)228 8491-1319

Konstantinstr. 110
53179 Bonn, Germany

Activities/Thematic Focus


  • 1. Appraisal, analysis and ongoing development of general and specific aspects of and strategies in national, European and international enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol
  • 2. Recognition of national biological collections as reliable collections for inclusion in a central EU register and regular verification of compliance with the criteria to be met by registered national collections
  • 3. Monitoring of compliance with user obligations in receipt of public research funding and at the stage of final development of a product
  • 4. Regular and ad-hoc inspections of users and compilation of risk-based enforcement plans based on inspection outcomes; establishment of consensus regarding the utilisation of genetic resources for food and agriculture with the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) and regarding the utilisation of human pathogens as genetic resources with the Robert Koch Institute.
  • 5. Position statements for the European Commission on applications for recognition of best practices
  • 6. Documentation of enforcement of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014
  • 7. Processing of requests for information under the Environmental Information Act (UIG), maintaining and updating the national clearing house mechanism and providing advice on questions of enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol and of access to genetic resources from third countries
  • 8. Representation in European and international bodies relating to the Nagoya Protocol

Last Change: 27/04/2021