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2nd African Indigenous and Local Communities preparatory meeting on ABS and Traditional Knowledge

30 August-1 September 2010, Cape Town, South Africa

This was the second preparatory meeting for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on ABS and traditional knowledge after and is part of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa. At this meeting, the draft decisions on Article 8 of the Nagoya Protocol  and the draft of the ABS protocol were reviewed and reflected upon. All issues and inputs were synthesized into recommendations for forwarding to the African Group of Negotiators at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity 10 (COP-10 ).

While Article 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) reiterates the sovereignty of States over their genetic resources, Article 8(j) asks parties to protect all traditional knowledge of ILCs relevant to conservation and sustainable use, and to promote its wider application with the approval and involvement of traditional knowledge holders.

Two parallel but interlinked processes could achieve significant breakthroughs on these issues at COP-10 in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010: the negotiations on Access to genetic resources and related Benefit-Sharing (ABS) and the negotiations on the implementation of Article 8j.


Participants were briefed on the process and status of the negotiation of the International Regime on ABS with a special focus on the inclusion of traditional knowledge, along with the process and status of the traditional knowledge-related negotiation under WIPO. The outcomes of the last meeting of the Working Group on Article 8j was also shared.
At the end participants developed recommendations to the African Group of negotiators at COP-10.
Forty-five participants representing African indigenous peoples and local communities attended the meeting.

The meeting was organised by Natural Justice.