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ABS Workshop MENA region

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization of Genetic Resources (ABS): An Example of Implementing the National Strategy of Biodiversity and Action Plan
28-30 April 2013, Algiers, Algeria

Representatives from four countries of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region – Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon – came together to share national experiences with ABS, plan regional ABS projects and drafted an outline to integrate ABS into national strategies for biodiversity.
Since the Mediterranean ecosystems are considered to be hotspots of biological diversity the implementation of ABS is a great challenge for the countries in the MENA region. In the face of these joint challenges these countries were invited to come to agreements on coherent strategies for the preservation of their biological heritage.


  • shared national experiences with ABS
  • specified expectations regarding the implementation of ABS on the national and regional levels
  • drafted guidance for the regional ABS project and a strategy for its financing
  • formulated perspectives in supporting the coordination process of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol within the countries present
  • drafted an outline to integrate ABS into national strategies for biodiversity
  • drafted work plans on the national level to organize workshops with the goal to inform and raise awareness on ABS.

Thirty-three representatives from governments, research institutions, international organisations and NGOs participated at this workshop.

The event was facilitated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCB) and the ABS Initiative. Organizers were the ABS Initiative, the Directorate General for Forestry (Algeria), the project Adapting the Framework for Forestry Policy to Meet the Needs of Climate Change in the MENA Region by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the SCBD.

Workshop documents only available in French. Please follow this link for the Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterFrench version (old website). The French version of this new website will be online soon.