CBD Education Officer
Conventions and Policy
Qualifications & Appointments
MA, Edinburgh Univ., 1991
Dip. Law, City Univ., 1993
Called to the Bar, 1994
LLM, SOAS, London Univ., 1998
Application of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol at Kew, and training of staff and partners.
Research into implications of the CBD and the recently adopted Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing on the work of Kew and botanic gardens in general. Providing support for Kew staff and partners in implementing the CBD, particularly its provisions on access and benefit-sharing (ABS). This has included the development of a staff intranet guide as well as model documents and access and benefit sharing agreements for use across the institution. Work with UK government, particularly Defra, includes preparing for and attending international meetings, often as part of the UK delegation. Working with the wider botanic garden community to harmonise best practice in access to genetic resources and fair and equitable benefit-sharing and to provide a sectoral presence and message during international negotiations. Design of capacity-building tools for botanical gardens, herbaria and universities, such as The CBD for Botanists, developing education and training modules on the CBD and its implementation in botanic gardens for Kew staff, and also for students on the Kew Horticultural Diploma, on International Diploma courses and other University courses in the UK and abroad.
- Biodiversity Advice to Government
- CBD Capacity Building
- Conservation and monitoring of Meso-American orchids - COMPLETED 2008
- DNA Banking, Phylogeny and Conservation of the South African Flora
- Developing Agreements with International Third Parties
- Reinforcing cooperation between the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan and the European Research Area (BOT-ERA)
Selected Recent Publications
- Latorre García, F., Williams, C., ten Kate, K., & Cheyne, P. (2001). Results of the pilot project for botanical gardens: principles on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing, common policy guidelines to assist with their implementation and explanatory text. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 83 pp.
- Williams, C. (2001). The principles on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing: a pilot project for botanic gardens. Botanic Gardens Conservation News 3(7): 32-34.
- Williams, C., Davis, K. & Cheyne, P. (2003). The CBD for Botanists: an introduction to the Convention on Biological Diversity for people working with botanical collections. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Darwin Initiative. 94 pp + CD-ROM. (available in English, French and Spanish).
Williams, C., Davis, K. & Cheyne, P. (2009). The CBD for Botanists (3rd Edition): an introduction to the Convention on Biological Diversity for people working with botanical collections. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Darwin Initiative. CD-ROM. (available in English, French and Spanish).
Williams, C. (2011). Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity: Update from COP10 in Nagoya in Medicinal Plant Conservation 14:17-21.
Selected Earlier Publications
- ten Kate, K. & Williams, C. (1999) Common policy guidelines for participating botanic gardens on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing. Submission by the Government of the United Kingdom to the Intersessional Meeting of the Operations of the Convention, UNEP/CBD/ISOC/INF.2, Montreal, 28-30 June 1999.