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4th Access and Benefit Sharing Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa

17-22 October 2011, Mangochi, Malawi

At the first workshop in the sub-region after the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, participants exchanged views on the various implications for national policies and legislation. They also identified priority areas for action and elaborated practical approaches and methods of strategic communication on ABS.

Participants actively debated on different policy choices for ABS national implementation along with potential coordination and harmonisation strategies at the sub-regional and regional levels.


  • Illustrate key challenges through a field visit to a national bio-prospecting case
  • Discuss policy choices for national implementation, including: protective versus market oriented approaches, governance and administrative structures, and definition of rights
  • Discuss coordination and harmonisation at the sub-regional and/or regional level
  • Identify capacity building needs and sources of funding
  • Analyse challenges and sources of funding
  • Analyse challenges in the field of Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) and develop practical approaches and tools for dialogue with different stakeholder groups.


Elements for a roadmap for national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol were identified and key challenges addressed. Key issues requiring regional coordination and harmonisation were identified.

Capacity building needs at the regional, national and local levels were identified along with potential sources of funding.

Elements of a CEPA approach and tools for dialogue with different stakeholder groups were provided.

The workshop brought together more than 50 enthusiastic participants from 19 Eastern and Southern African Countries.

The event was hosted by the Environmental Affairs Department of Malawi and organised by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative.