African Leaders Preparation Meeting on ABS for the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-9)
10-12 April 2008, Mahé, Seychelles
African ministers were briefed on relevant aspects of the potential international regime on ABS to be discussed at the COP-9. They were also updated on current ABS cases in Africa.
The workshop served as a platform for African ministers to be briefed on the various aspects of the potential international regime on ABS. The National Focal Points for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) updated attendees on the African position developed within the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group on ABS (WGABS). In particular, they were prepared for the high-level segment of the 9th Conference of the parties to COP-9 with a special focus on Access and Benefit Sharing.
The meeting was hosted by and organised in close cooperation with the Government of the Seychelles and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD).