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Basic ABS Training Course

4-9 February 2013, Gaborone, Botswana

Stakeholders from western and southern Africa were familiarised with ABS and the challenges of its implementation at national and regional level.

This training course was part of the ABS Initiative’s approach to bring stakeholders together for the purpose of negotiating ABS agreements and supporting them in capacity and skill development. This includes training in communication and negotiation skills; sharing knowledge, information and best practices; and developing joint positions and statements for international ABS process.

The course contents were based on similar courses held in 2010 in Cape Town and in 2011 in Nairobi and adapted to the southern and western African context. It also incorporated evaluation feedback received at those courses.

The concept was developed by the Environmental Evaluation Unit of the University of Cape Town in close cooperation with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.

More than 40 participants were familiarised with central ABS concepts and processes such as biotrade, bioprospecting, intellectual property rights and the relation between the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Negotiation training was another central element of the course.