ForBio and MDir workshop: Legislation Framework for Biodiversity research

The workshop will introduce both international and national legislation and conventions with implication for biodiversity research. Treaties like the Convention on the Biological Biodiversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol and CITES are presented, procedures such as IUCN Red-Listing, as well as platforms on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services like IPBES and national regulations about endangered and invasive species.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has concrete consequences for research in terms of access and benefit sharing. CITES and ABS concerns not only the collection of samples during fieldwork outside Norway and its subsequent import, but also loan of material to museums, other research projects and commercial trade. Furthermore, the Nagoya protocol covers material transfer agreements as well as a memorandum of understanding and use of material for genetic studies. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) manages the Red List of Endangered Species, and many countries make their own national assessments and keep Red Lists (e.g. Artsdatabanken in Norway and Artdatabanken in Sweden). Red listed species are broadly recognizable and important for conservation policy.

The workshop will use a combination of lectures and hands on exercises, case studies, and group discussions to make participants familiar with the benefits and limitations of these legislations, introduce participants to relevant authorities in Norway, and highlight what role the participants can play in their research today and in the future for biodiversity conservation.


Sunniva Aagaard (Norwegian Environment Agency)

Maria Asmyhr (The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment)

Liv-Stephanie Bantle (Norwegian Environment Agency)

Hugo de Boer (Natural History Museum, University of Oslo)

Snorre Henriksen (Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre)

Olga Hilmo (Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre)

John Linnell (Norwegian institute for nature research)

Kjersti Nilsen (Norwegian Environment Agency)

Andreas B. Schei (Norwegian Environment Agency)

Ingunn Storrø (Norwegian Environment Agency)

Christiane Todt (Rådgivende Biologer AS)

Nina Vik (Norwegian Environment Agency)


Maximum number of participants: 20

Course level: PhD students, Master students, researchers and biodiversity consultants.

Registration: There is no course fee for ForBio members or associates. Please fill in the online application here. Travel is covered for ForBio members based at Norwegian institutions.

Find out about how to become a ForBio member/associate here.

Extended application deadline: February 22nd 2019

Contact: Elisabeth Stur ( for more information.

Published Dec. 6, 2018 2:18 PM - Last modified Feb. 27, 2019 3:10 PM