The ABS Initiative supports the national consultation process on ABS with the objective to raise awareness and develop national legislation and an institutional framework. To this end, a financing agreement with the national NGO CeSaReN supports activities for awareness raising, stakeholder consultation and pilot measures with local communities. A briefing of parliamentarians in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) contributed to Benin’s ratification of the Nagoya Protocol. The Initiative also facilitated an interactive exchange meeting of key stakeholders to kick-start the development of Benin’s ABS strategy, a model which is now being replicated in other African countries.
Benin is also a pilot country of the African Biocultural Community Protocol (BCP) Initiative.