Plant Collecting Agreements

Obtain Prior Informed Consent

Send a proposal describing your plant collecting expedition to the CBD National Authority or Focal Point listed on the CBD website. Request information on obtaining prior informed consent (PIC) and establishing mutually agreed-upon terms.


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    Kate Davis

    I certainly agree that obtaining PIC is crucial... but not all countries have functional ABS focal points or authorities yet (and they may push you towards less useful partners, or be unaware of local communities who should be consulted), so other valuable information resources include other institutions already working with that country. HOWEVER if you end up doing fieldwork 'under the permit of' another institution, and especially if you wish to bring any material back, it's really, really important to ensure that the permit (/PIC) concerned actually covers your work, and the work of your institution...

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