By co-funding the supra-regional programme “Implementing the Biodiversity Convention”, implemented by GTZ (today: GIZ), the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs funded the first multi-stakeholder workshop held in Addis Ababa in October 2005. 50 participants from 15 different countries took stock of bioprospecting in Africa and assessed ABS capacity development needs.
Addis Ababa was also the host to the first meeting on ABS implementation and its links to intellectual property rights (IPR) within an African context. The workshop provided a dialogue platform for representatives from African countries and international IPR experts to discuss the challenges of linking ABS and IPR in a coherent manner when implementing ABS at the national and sub-regional levels.
The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) conducted two studies on ABS teff cases.
The film People, Plants and Profits illustrates the basic principles of ABS in the context of the Nagoya Protocol. Teff, an important food grain in Ethiopia, is one of the three African ABS cases highlighted in the 20 minutes movie.
The headquarters of the African Union is located in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia ratified the Nagoya Protocol in November 2012.