How ICT facilitates the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

Philippe Desmeth
President of the World Federation for Culture Collections

Belgian Coordinated Collections of Micro-organisms
Belgian Science Policy Office, avenue Louise, 231 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Besides achieving scientific excellence, Culture Collections (CC) must overcome legal and administrative hurdles to supply microbiological resources and related information. They must implement effectively, and at affordable cost, the diverse international and national laws and regulations. That necessitates, among others, the use of adapted Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for internal management as well as optimal external communication. ICT tools that have been developed originally for scientific and technical purposes actually help implement the Nagoya Protocol.