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Evaluation of Need for Legislation on Access and Rights to Forest Genetic Resources in the Nordic Region

The aim of this project is to clarify whether it is necessary and possible to take legal steps to ensure that forest genetic resources (FGR) remain under a viable public domain and open exchange system.

Associated with this, it is necessary to identify possible developments that could negatively affect the present situation, and emphasis should be on patenting and recent developments in patenting legislation, with a particular aim of exploring the probable consequences for the FGR. If significant undesirable developments can be foreseen, legal steps to meet these should be suggested, on the Nordic as well as the national level. In this context relevant Nordic steps should be discussed (e.g. a treaty ensuring an open exchange or specific guidelines for application of patent law to this sector).

Project leader: Morten Walløe Tvedt

Project period: 2009-2010


Tvedt, Morten Walløe, Seeking Appropriate Legislation Regulating Access and Exclusive Rights to Forest Genetic Resources in the Nordic Region. FNI Report 9/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 47 p.

 Related focal points of research:

   Biodiversity and genetic resources

Project funding:


Fridtjof Nansen Institute
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