The UN Biodiversity conference (COP15) is taking place in Montreal, Canada, from December 7 to 19. IRD, which has made biodiversity a key focus of its scientific research, is fully mobilized for this event.

This conference brings together governments to define a series of objectives around the "post-2020 global biodiversity framework", in order to halt biodiversity erosion and agree on an action plan to "live in harmony with nature" by 2050. It focuses on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which includes among its objectives the fair sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.

On site, IRD researchers and their partners are present to demonstrate the importance of integrating scientific results in decision-making processes on the preservation and conservation of biodiversity.

Doing research differently: solutions are also in the Global South

IRD's unique research model, based on equitable partnerships and sustainability science, is essential for co-constructing knowledge and know-how, based on collaboration between scientists from different disciplines and academic and non-academic actors, to fight against biodiversity erosion. 

    Plaquette biodiversité IRD 2022

    © IRD - Sabrina Toscano

    IRD's strength lies in the co-construction of a win-win relationships with its partners, through :

    • an integrated approach to research and a cross-cutting vision offering solutions rooted in science,
    • a research based on openness towards others and sharing thanks to its long-standing partnerships in Southern countries, a strong investment in training and knowledge sharing.

    >> Discover the IRD brochure - Protecting biodiversity

    Side event | Nagoya at the center of the debate

    IRD, in partnership with the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), is organizing an event on the Nagoya Protocol as part of the official program and at the opening of the COP.


    Wednesday, December 7 at 1:15 p.m. [UTC-5] - Room 514C

    SIDE EVENT | Sharing biodiversity revenues - The Nagoya protocol: state of play and perspectives

    In French and English

    This side event addresses the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and its evolution perspectives. It highlights the direct application of international law and environmental justice by the French National Research Institute for development (IRD), the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN), and their partners from different continents.

    The event is co-hosted by Catherine Aubertin, environmental economist at IRD and Jean-Louis Pham, Nagoya scientific advisor at IRD.

    Follow the event online


    • Mary Kristerie Baleva:  External relations and policy specialist at the Asean Centre for Biodiversity, Philippines
    • Manuela Da Silva: Coordinator of the college of researchers for the Genetic Heritage Management Council (CGen) in Brazil
    • Cristiane Julião Pankararu: Traditional knowledge rights coordinator for CGen in Brazil
    • Daogo Ouoba: Nagoya Protocol Focal point for Burkina Faso
    • Lolona Ramamonjisoa: Nagoya Protocol Focal point for Madagascar
    • Jian-Sheng Sun: Digital sequence information (DSI) Focal point for the MNHN
    • Babacar Youm: Nagoya Protocol Focal point for Senegal


    The 2014 Nagoya Protocol was ratified by many countries. Its main objectives are to ensure the conservation of biodiversity and local knowledge, to guarantee the sustainable use of resources while ensuring equitable sharing. To achieve this, the protocol requires transparency and increased traceability for providers and users of genetic resources or associated knowledge.

    The principle of access and benefit sharing (ABS) guides IRD's actions when regulations leave room for interpretation and when arbitration is necessary. This ethical commitment, made by the Institute, motivates a benefit-sharing approach even when the use of resources takes place outside the biological (according to the definition of the genetic resource) or temporal (according to the date) perimeter of applicable regulations.

    IRD on the French pavilion

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    Palais des congrès de Montréal - stand n° 315

    IRD is present at the French Pavillion.
    The pavillion is a place to meet and echange where French policy will be highlighted on protected areas. French partners and operators present at COP15: IRD, MNHN, the French Office of Biodiversity (OFB), the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), the association Noé, the French Nature Reserves (RNF) and the French Development Agency (AFD).

    Find all the UN Biodiversity conference programming

    >> Read the press release

    In partnership with France médias monde

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    On Youtube


    ePOP, Petites Ondes Participatives, is a citizen network for information, debate and mobilization on climate and environmental changes supported by IRD and RFI Planète Radio (France médias monde group).

    From Burkina Faso to Brazil, the young people of the ePOP network have collected testimonies of men and women and alert us on the disappearance of precious ecosystems.

    Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or in Ghana are organized into unions or experiment with alternatives to biodiversity erosion.

    Watch the ePOP videos on biodiversity challenges:

    >> More videos on this topic on the ePOP Network platform.

    All the details: Access to biodiversity and benefit sharing (ABS)