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Basic ABS Training Course

25-29 January 2010, Cape Town, South Africa

This training course focused on Southern African countries and addressed the acute capacity constraints for implementing ABS at the national and regional level. The course was comprised of a mix of lectures, individual and group exercises, panel discussions and field visits to exchange with traditional healers.


  • Have an improved understanding of the ways in which biodiversity is used by different commercial sectors
  • Have knowledge of the variety of tools available to manage and regulate ABS, and ways in which ABS agreements, policies and laws can be developed, negotiated and implemented
  • Be familiar with the key debates in ABS and the positions adopted by different stakeholders
  • Be in a better position to coordinate ABS activities and participate in national, regional, and international networks.

The course was hosted and co-organised by the Environmental Evaluation Unit of the University of Cape Town.