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Workshop:

Lusophone ABS Capacity Development Workshop

3-6 May 2011, Maputo, Mozambique

In order to implement the ABS provisions of the Nagoya Protocol, comprehensive ABS frameworks must be developed and implemented at the national level. This workshop provided the opportunity to discuss challenges that Mozambique faces as the only Lusophone country in Africa which has developed ABS regulations.

Participants exchanged on practical approaches to the development and implementation of ABS policies and regulations.

Objectives

  • Increase the understanding of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) principles on ABS and brief participants on relevant international developments, including the Nagoya Protocol
  • Present and discuss experiences with bioprospecting/biopiracy in Lusophone countries
  • Exchange about the challenges in developing and implementing national ABS frameworks (policies/legislation/regulations) in Lusophone countries
  • Identify capacity building needs
  • Develop partnerships among different stakeholders within and among Lusophone countries.

Outcomes

The identification of specific capacity development needs were based on the eight fields of action for ABS implementation developed at the 5th Pan African ABS Workshop. Participants adapted the fields of action to their respective national context. They also noted activities where technical and financial assistance was needed, for instance identification of relevant stakeholder groups or elaboration of national ABS legislation.

Participants

About half of the 40 workshop participants came from Mozambique and the rest from Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau. Attendees included ABS National Focal Points and, in the case of Mozambique, a number of other relevant ministries such as the Ministries of Science and Technology, Agriculture and the national intellectual property authorities. Other participants also included representatives of NGOs, indigenous and local communities, public research institutes and the private sector.

The event was co-funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and was part of the UNEP/GEF project “Supporting the Development and Implementation of Access and Benefit Sharing Policies in Africa”.