Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)

The approval of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992 was the first step of a new approach to the biodiversity resources and their use, which includes the national sovereignty principle, mutually agreed term and sharing benefits of the use of biodiversity. The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (ABS) is the legally binding mechanism to implement access and benefit sharing. It was signed by both Germany and the EU on 23 June 2011, and by the Republic of Indonesia on May 11, 2011. The DFG is one of the few funding agencies around the world that has implemented (since 2008) its own guidelines to promote the application of the principles and procedures of ABS among its applicants. The DFG tries to build a bridge between that regime and the scientific community. The DFG approved funding of ABS measures with central research funds of EFForTS.

Since November 2013, EFForTS awarded 35 short-term research grants to counterparts and stakeholders to strengthen the research cooperation and to complement existing research activities addressing new scientific questions.