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Workshop:

6th Pan-African Workshop

30 January-3 February 2012, Limbé, Cameroon

Participants explored national and regional experiences on the development of sustainable ABS value chains and approaches for addressing the transboundary nature of many biological and genetic resources, including associated traditional knowledge.

Outcomes

Participants gained enhanced understanding and common ground between users and providers on the concept of utilisation of genetic resources (GRs) with regard to Biological Resources / GR supply chains

Preparedness of African stakeholders and private sector representatives for the upcoming discussions on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol  was improved.

Recommendations were made to the African Union Commission for next steps to finalise the “Gap Analysis and Review of the African Union Model Law” and put it onto the agenda of political decision makers.

Challenges and recommendations for work under the ABS Initiative on the linkages between ABS, traditional knowledge, and Intellectual Property Rights for effective national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol were identified.

Participants developed perspectives and recommendations for the following areas: Utilisation of GR that could trigger an ABS process; ABS and Non-Commercial Research; Transboundary Cooperation (Article 11 of the Nagoya Protocol); Global Benefit Sharing Mechanisms (Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol);  The ABS Process: “Where are we at international level?”; ABS at the Global Environment Facility (GEF); African Union Model Law: Gap Analysis; ABS and Intellectual Property Rights; The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture  (ITPGRFA).

One hundred and ten representatives of African countries – governments, private sector, NGOs – attended the workshop.

The event was hosted by the Cameroonian Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development  and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC ) and organised by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.