At the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), ABS is receiving more attention requiring at least discussions at the level of sub-regional organisations. A representative of the ECOWAS Secretariat attended the ABS Workshop for West Africa and the Maghreb in September 2009. In 2010, the ECOWAS Secretariat requested the ABS Initiative to co-operate in a regional process to develop an ABS Strategy for West Africa after the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol. The follow-up process on this request is moving slowly due to a lack of human resources on both sides.
Parliamentarians from ECOWAS member states developed recommendations regarding the promotion of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol during a workshop in 2012.