Genetic Resources Center

International Relations Section for Genetic Resources


Coordination of cooperation in relation to conservation and use of genetic resources with overseas research institutes and international organizations

 The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came into force in 1993. It’s objectives are: (1) conservation of biological diversity, (2) sustainable use of biological resource, and (3) sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. It reaffirmed the sovereign rights of states over their natural resources. In the 10th Conference of the Parties of CDB held in Nagoya in 2010, the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing to the CBD was adopted. The Japanese government is a correspondent to the Nagoya Protocol and is preparing to join the International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR).

 We have 4 major missions to promote conservation and use of genetic resources:

  1. Promotion and support for international cooperation in the context of international treaties and conventions (for example CBD, ITPGRFA);
  2. Collaboration on international genetic resources activities in Japan, such as training;
  3. Arrangement of bilateral cooperation and joint research activities on genetic resources;
  4. Promotion of survey, collection, introduction, evaluation, conservation, regeneration, preservation and exchange with national and international research institutions.

Training in collecting crop wild relatives.

Participant asking question during NIAS-FAO conference on plant genetic resources.