Multi-stakeholder Workshop: ABS for Eastern and Southern Africa
2-6 October 2005, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This regional multi-stakeholder workshop created the first opportunity for exchange on ABS among African stakeholders and laid the foundation for the Dutch-German ABS Capacity Building Initiative for Africa. Participants took stock of bioprospecting in Africa and assessed capacity development needs for ABS, developing recommendations for further activities regarding the realisation of ABS mechanisms.
- Foster an open exchange among stakeholders on existing ABS approaches and experiences
- Create understanding how local, national and international regulations could effectively contribute to implementing the third objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Participants reported a lack of awareness of the potential of ABS among all relevant stakeholder groups, insufficient implementation and functioning of national ABS regulations, lack of regional harmonisation, insufficient information and inadequately developed negotiation skills.
Based on the workshop's results, participants' encouraging feedback and the overwhelming interest of stakeholders from all over Africa, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, The Netherlands (DGIS) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) agreed to continue their cooperation until 2008. 50 representatives from 15 countries participated.
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