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Trinidad and Tabago

In September 2012, the ABS Initiative organized ist first regional ABS workshop in the Caribbean, back to back with the Regional National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) workshop of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The workshop led to a better understanding of the role of regional organizations and the linkages to relevant capacity development programmes of other donors, such as the GEF, and to the EU funded Biodiversity and Protected Area Management Programme (BIOPAMA). A roadmap with prioritised activities was developed for future support by the ABS Initiative.
Furthermore, an Interim Steering Group for the Caribbean was established to give guidance to the ABS Initiative.

The Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-11) was also held back-to-back with the ABS Workshop. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) invited the ABS Initiative to prepare a Discussion Paper on the Nagoya Protocol and a Briefing Paper on the issues for consideration at COP-11 and the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) process. The meeting contributed to the establishment of a regional network of professionals dealing with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya Protocol. In addition, it provided a first opportunity for Caribbean Parties to the CBD to discuss regional concerns, formulate regional positions, and build consensus in advance of COP-11.