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Contribution of Germany to the Multilateral System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

Germany has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on 31 March 2004 and is fully supportive of its objectives, which are the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use, in harmony with the convention on Biological Diversity.

A core element of the Treaty is the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing.The Multilateral System shall include all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture listed in Annex I of the Treaty that are under the management and control of the Contracting Parties and in the public domain. Furthermore Contracting Parties shall invite other holders of the plant genetic resources for food and agriculture listed in Annex I to include these in the Multilateral System.

Germany notifies the following plant genetic resources for food andagriculture listed in Annex I and maintained in Germany that have been included in the Multilateral System:

115,722 Accessions

Through the website of the National Inventory for Plant Genetic Resources (PGRDEU) in Germany detailed data on the composition of the collections and user procedures to order samples are readily available.

Facilitated access is provided solely for the purpose of utilization and conservation for research, breeding and training for food and agriculture. For the implementation of such a facilitated access to plant genetic resources in accordance to the International PGR, a so called “standard material transfer agreement” (sMTA) was compiled. The standard material transfer agreement is a standard contract, that is used by each transfer of resources that are part of the MLS. It is a private-law contract between the provider and the recipient of the plant genetic resources. The contract defines the rights and duties of the involved persons and is at the same time an important instrument for the implementation of the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the use of plant genetic resources with the aim to support the conservation and use of plant genetic resources in developing- and transition countries.

Generally plant genetic resources listed in Annex I of the Multilateral System can be ordered in institutions in the public domain by signing the standard material transfer agreement. In Germany the opportunity to receive material under a sMTA has been even extended to Non-Annex-I-species in gene banks.

Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA)

German version