Dr Erica McAlister
Department of Life
Sciences
Accessions In Entomology –
regulations and impacts on
collections at the Na...
Fieldwork
• Collecting must be down in accordance to local and
international law – most important consideration
Access to global Biodiversity
In 1993 this all changed.
Under the Convention on Biological Diversity:
• “States have, in a...
One Objective of the CBD is on ‘Access and
Benefit-sharing’ (ABS):
“the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising...
New material
• Staff obtain permits/ Prior Informed Consent (PIC)
and have determined Mutually Agreed Terms
(MAT)
• Museum...
Visa’s
Permits
• Collecting / Export / Import
Traditional Knowledge (TK)
• Knowledge, innovations and practices of Indigenous and Local
Communities (ILCs) related to ge...
Collections
Enhanceme
nt forms
In the process of developing…
• Long term advisory structure
• Guidance documentation
• Awareness raising/training
Policies and procedures
1. Best practice and international agreements
2. Data management
3. Advice and support
4. External...
“Recently I discussed this with a member of the
XXXXXXX High Commission in London. His
advice was to wrap insects in ones ...
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  • When collecting for terrestrial species in Panama these are the permits that you will be required to have. If you are collecting within specific parks you may need to obtain further permission. This all takes time. I have had to spend months getting permits for Costa Rica. Make sure that you factor this into your research.
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    1. 1. Dr Erica McAlister Department of Life Sciences Accessions In Entomology – regulations and impacts on collections at the Natural History Museum, London
    2. 2. Fieldwork • Collecting must be down in accordance to local and international law – most important consideration
    3. 3. Access to global Biodiversity In 1993 this all changed. Under the Convention on Biological Diversity: • “States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to exploit their own resources…” • i.e. biodiversity of a country belongs to that country, and non-nationals have no rights to it
    4. 4. One Objective of the CBD is on ‘Access and Benefit-sharing’ (ABS): “the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources” • Included in many COP (Conference of the Parties) Decisions • Formalised through ‘Bonn Guidelines’ (2002)
    5. 5. New material • Staff obtain permits/ Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and have determined Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT) • Museum can honour agreements made • Museum can manage Traditional knowledge as well as specimens
    6. 6. Visa’s
    7. 7. Permits • Collecting / Export / Import
    8. 8. Traditional Knowledge (TK) • Knowledge, innovations and practices of Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs) related to genetic resources • PIC of ILCs should be sought whenever TK associated with genetic resources is to be collected • Users of genetic resources should negotiate MAT with ILCs to encourage the equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of traditional knowledge – This may be a separate agreement • Many countries lack a national framework
    9. 9. Collections Enhanceme nt forms
    10. 10. In the process of developing… • Long term advisory structure • Guidance documentation • Awareness raising/training
    11. 11. Policies and procedures 1. Best practice and international agreements 2. Data management 3. Advice and support 4. External policy engagement
    12. 12. “Recently I discussed this with a member of the XXXXXXX High Commission in London. His advice was to wrap insects in ones underpants in a suitcase and say nothing!”

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