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Embedding Mutually Supportive Implementation of the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol in the Context of Broader National Policy Goals

16-20 November 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Jointly organized with Bioversity International in cooperation with the African Union Commission and the Secretariats of the CBD and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).


The coming into force of the Nagoya Protocol in October 2014 initiated renewed efforts to develop and implement access and benefit sharing mechanisms at the national level. At the same time, many countries are also working to develop policies and processes to implement the multilateral system of ABS under the ITPGRFA. Legislative, administrative or policy measures to implement both instruments need to be consistent and mutually supportive. So far, in a number of countries, implementation efforts have been challenged by uncertainties about how to address the interface between these systems and delayed national processes.

It is critically important that ABS policy making and implementation does not take place in a national policy vacuum, divorced from other national objectives and planning processes. The implementation of the ITPGRFA and the CBD/NP can and should be complementary to, and integrated with, countries’ national planning processes for sustainably using and conserving biological diversity, addressing food security challenges in the context of climate change, rural economic development and poverty alleviation. It is also critically important to scale-up discussions about mutually supportive implementation of these two agreements and their links to regional efforts to address climate change, sustainable use, etc. Indeed, these were all conclusions that national ITPGRFA and CBD/NP focal points emphasized at a 2014 Workshop with a wide range of stakeholders whose daily work requires smooth co-implementation.

Expected outcomes

  • Positive impact on national processes for implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the ITPGRFA in ways that complement and support not only the objectives of those two agreements, but also complementary national objectives related to agrobiodiversity conservation and sustainable use, climate change adaptation, poverty alleviation, etc.

  • In the period following the workshop, national teams will continue with plans commenced during the workshop that involve closer coordination and long term planning, including project proposal development.

  • Useful information and reflections will be generated in the form of workshop report, policy briefs, and information Sheets for national policy makers interested in linking up national planning and policy development across a number of potential sectors and fields of interest.


Interdisciplinary teams from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Senegal and Uganda. Only country teams consisting of at least the Nagoya Protocol focal point and the ITPGFA focal point but preferably also a climate change expert, a development planning expert and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) operational focal point were able to apply.