Tag Article | Biosafety Clearing-House

Accessing additional biosafety-related literature

  23 Nov 2021

Through its virtual library, the Biosafety Clearing-House provides access to different categories of information aimed to assist countries in capacity-building for the implementation of the Protocol. 

The library provides access to the following collections:

  • Collections with special focus on biosafety: The Biosafety Virtual Library Resource (VLR), managed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), provides access to an electronic catalogue of publications and information resources relevant to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. This includes literature on biosafety, reports and case studies, awareness-raising materials, videos, and capacity-building resources. The core objective of this catalogue is to make biosafety information and resources more accessible to policymakers, educators, researchers and the general public.

  • Collections with focus on health, agriculture or environment:
Research4Life is the collective name for four public-private partnerships (HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) which provide institutions from eligible developing countries with free or low cost online access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content.


managed by WHO and Yale University Library, Hinari focuses on medicine, nursing and related health and social sciences. managed by FAO and Cornell University Library, Agora focuses on agriculture, fisheries, food, nutrition, veterinary science and related sciences. managed by UNEP and Yale University Library, Oare focuses on natural environment, including environmental toxicology, pollution and related sciences. coordinated by WIPO together with its partners, Ardi focuses on scholarly literature in technical fields, such as biotechnology, medical technology and computing. managed by ILO together with its academic partners Cornell Law School Library and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, Goali focuses on legal research and training in the developing world.
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