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African Indigenous and Local Communities (ILCs) Preparatory Meeting

9-12 June 2012, Bujumbura, Burundi

The meeting focused on strengthening the capacity of indigenous and local community representatives, particularly women, to participate effectively in the work of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  Issues relevant to Articles 8, 10 and the Nagoya Protocol ― as preparatory for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP-11) ― were discussed.

Participants suggested having more regular workshops and additional participants, including the younger generation. They emphasized that they would like to continue discussions about the CBD and the role of ILCs and were eager to identify future opportunities. The participants left the workshop feeling they were better able to lobby for their communities’ interests and enter into discussions with various levels of government. Some also emphasized that they did not know much about CBD, ABS, Prior Informed Consent (PIC), Nagoya Protocol, etc. prior to the workshop but left the workshop eager to share what they have learnt with other members of their communities. They would also like to have access to global workshops so they can learn from ILC representatives who come from other countries were realities may be different.

A total of 57 participants including 30 women attended the workshop which was delivered in English and French.

The event was organised in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordination Committee, (IPACC), the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).