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5th Pan-African ABS Workshop

31 January-5 February 2011, Marrakesh, Morocco

Only a few months after the Nagoya Protocol had been adopted, participants of this event exchanged valuable experiences from across the African Continent on how to strategically implement it. They shared national experiences in implementing ABS, identified challenges and discussed concerns, capacity gaps and priorities at the political and administrative levels.


  • Identify and discuss the challenges for African States regarding the implementation / domestication of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS
  • Explore national and regional concerns, knowledge gaps and priority areas for action at the political and technical-administrative levels especially in regards to the interface between ABS and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Foster the development and implementation of ABS regulations at the national and local levels by drawing on the knowledge and experience of a Moroccan bio-prospecting case
  • Discuss and identify actual ABS related capacity development needs at the sub-regional and the national levels for the implementation of the ABS Protocol after the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10).


National roadmaps and priorities in the implementation of ABS were discussed and laid out.

The 8 Fields of Action in ABS implementation were presented and discussed: ratification/Implementation;  defining overall ABS policies/strategies; putting in place domestic ABS legislation; stakeholder identification and analysis; establishing institutional arrangements, including Competent National Authorities (CNA); dealing with traditional knowledge; dealing with transboundary issues (traditional knowledge, genetic resources, research); and valorisation strategy.

Forty-eight African countries were represented among the more than 100 participants.

The workshop was organised in partnership with the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and hosted by the State Secretariat for Water and Environment of Morocco.