Information Obligations of Centers under the International Plant Genetic Resources Treaty
17 September 2014, CGIAR Master Class, Charles Lawson
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Plant Treaty) establishes a mechanism for the accessing and sharing of some plant materials. An essential element of that accessing and sharing is information about the materials including information (and data) about the characterisation, regeneration and evaluation of the materials. A proposed 'Global Information System' (GIS) will allow much of this information to be made available and shared. This master class reviewed the information obligations imposed by the Plant Treaty and its associated 'Standard Material Transfer Agreement' on the collection and disclosures of information that will likely shape the form and function of the GIS. The master class concluded that the GIS will need to carefully distinguish between information that is freely available and information that is subject to (legal) restrictions.