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2nd Pan-African ABS Workshop

3-7 December 2007, Nairobi, Kenya

Participants took stock of the activities taken under the ABS Capacity Development Initiative so far and developed a vision for ABS in Africa for the next years.

Exactly a year after the first Pan-African meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, this pan-African workshop offered the chance to further develop the thinking on ABS at the local, national, regional and international levels.

Specifically, it represented a vantage point from which to take stock of the progress since Cape Town and to look ahead.


Participants reviewed the vision developed in Cape Town and reformulated the road map for ABS in Africa for the coming years.

The workshop provided a forum for representatives from across Africa to share their experiences and perspectives on ABS.

Representatives presented bioprospecting cases from various countries and discussed the linkage of ABS and the management and funding of protected areas.

The event allowed for discussions with members of the ABS Working Group under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and for the development of participate messages to the African negotiators of the international regime.

Seventy-six participants from 18 countries, representing a variety of stakeholders, attended.

The workshop was hosted by African Insect Science for Food and Health (icipe) and organised in partnership with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).