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Sharing Experiences and Key Lessons on Bio-cultural Community Protocol Development and Utilisation

5-7 November 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

In 2011 and 2012 the African Bio-cultural Community Protocol Initiative (BCPI) explored how Bio-cultural Community Protocols (BCPs) could be accepted by African community based organisations, NGOs, lawyers and governments as a suitable legal tool to secure community rights, fair equitable access and benefit sharing. 

Since 2012, the African BCPI has been undertaken by community partners in six countries. The six African countries are South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Ethiopia and more recently Zimbabwe.

The overall objective of the BCPI Workshop is to provide a forum for sharing experiences, evidence-based key lessons and articulating best practices on the development and utilization of BCPs. This will involve assessing the tools and processes used in the development of BCPs and highlighting the challenges and cross-cutting issues emerging on their development and utilization.

  • Participants share relevant experiences and key lessons derived from BCP processes, dialogues including evaluating the importance of connecting with NGOs and CBOs, highlighting any challenges and cross-cutting issues.
  • Participants identify successes achieved by communities in utilization of BCPs in priorities/thematic areas and how these can be used in other contexts.
  • Participants formulate recommendations, identify opportunities and strategies for the journey ahead.


The workshop will create an interactive fora during which participants will share their experiences in working groups and be asked to make short presentations on their group discussions.


The participants are representatives of the NGOs and CBOs that have been collaborating on the African BCPI and BCP processes in India. They are partners and/or community representatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, Senegal, India, New York and the Netherlands.

Natural Justice, ETC Compas and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD), supported by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative (ABS Initiative), are involved in the African BCPI project.