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Cameroon

Executed by GIZ and with support of the ABS Initiative and parallel funds of a regional UNEP/GEF project, stakeholder consultations and ABS related studies have been conducted in Cameroon - e.g., on traditional knowledge and the national legal framework. The outcomes fed into a national ABS strategy published in early 2013. An ABS committee comprising various ministry and civil society representatives was established to deal with national ABS implementation issues. This committee has begun to successfully work together.

In order not to stall ongoing negotiations on bioprospecting and ABS agreements, the ABS Initiative is technically supporting the national bioprospecting roundtable and the drafting and adoption of an interim ABS regulation. Elements of this interim regulation may also be used in the context of national support processes in other countries. The Initiative is further intensifying dialogues with European companies interested in ABS compliant value chains based on non-timber forest products and related genetic resources from Cameroon. Backstopped by the Initiative, the GIZ-implemented project Programme Sectoriel Forêts-Environnement (ProPSFE), being counterpart to the Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife, is integrating activities into its work plan with respect to the national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

In 2012, the ABS Initiative also organized its 6th Pan-African Workshop in Cameroon's capital Limbé.