This booklet and its earlier editions contains agreements that the Centres have made with international bodies, and CGIAR system-wide policies, guidelines, and related legal instruments that the Centres have adopted concerning genetic resources and intellectual property. It is developed primarily for use by the Centres to facilitate awareness of, and compliance with, the policies and instruments included. The first section of this booklet includes agreements, policies and guidelines related to the management of the Centre-hosted in-trust collections of plant genetic resources. The second section concerns the policies for acquiring, managing and transferring animal, aquatic and microbial genetic resources. The third section is a bit of a ‘mixed bag’ of guidelines and
statements concerning biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and interaction with the Private Sector. The final section consists of the CGIAR’s Ethical Principles relating to Genetic Resources.