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Workshop:

ABS Implementation for IPLCs

10-14 November 2014, Windhoek, Namibia

Since a growing number of African countries are now in the process of developing their domestic ABS policies and legislations, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have increasingly asked for support in strategy development regarding these implementation processes on the one hand and support for coordination and activities at the national level on the other.

Responding to these demands, this regional IPLC workshop will focus on ABS implementation, discussing related policies and strategies for a more coordinated and effective engagement of IPLCs in the national implementation processes.

Furthermore, the workshop intends to explore possibilities for support and funding for IPLCs at the national level, hoping to initiate longer-term activities.

Being one of the most advanced countries in the region when it comes to ABS implementation and community involvement, Namibia was chosen as host country for the workshop. The programme will include a field trip to the site of a Namibian ABS case, giving participants the opportunity to directly communicate with the involved communities and other actors.

Objectives

The workshop aims to strengthen IPLCs’ coordination and engagement in ABS policy development and implementation. Accordingly, the following objectives will be pursued:

  • Build awareness of the opportunities the Nagoya Protocol offers to IPLCs and provide an overview of the status of ABS implementation in participants’ countries
  • Discuss and identify goals and demands of IPLCs regarding ABS implementation
  • Discuss and develop strategies and tools for effective advocacy and participation of IPLCs in ABS implementation
  • Strengthen IPLCs’ coordination at national and regional level and explore existing means of support and sources of funding for activities in the countries
  • Develop a common vision of African IPLCs in the implementation of ABS on the continent as well as concrete action plans for next steps at country level

Participants

Up to 40 participants from 10 African countries (Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda) will attend the workshop. Ideally, up to four people from each country will participate as teams, each including local community members, community facilitators and NGO representatives. Participants will be selected based upon their applications. The country teams will be required to do some preparatory work before the workshop. Interpretation English-French-English will be provided during the plenary sessions of the workshop.