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African ILC Preparatory Meeting on ABS and Traditional Knowledge

14-17 September 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

The preparatory meeting was held strengthen the voice of African ILC in the international arena. It was also to provide a forum for open exchange of and discussion among ILC representatives from all over Africa on relevant topics under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Specifically, the meeting provided an opportunity:
To reflect on and discuss relevant outcomes of the 9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity

  • To discuss the outcomes of the recent expert group meeting on traditional knowledge in Hyderabad
  • To develop recommendations for African negotiators on how to include traditional knowledge in the International Regime on ABS and
  • To learn and discuss about the merits of biocultural community protocols for ensuring free and prior informed consent of ILCs when traditional knowledge is being accessed.


Outputs of the workshop were recommendations on the practicality of Biocultural Community Protocols (BCPs) as a tool to ensure Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) as well as recommendations for the African Group in their negotiation on the International Regime on ABS.

The meeting formed part of the preparatory process of the African Group for the meetings of WGABS 8 and WG8j 6 which were to be held back to back in November 2009  in Montreal.

The event was organised in partnership with the Indigenous Information Network .