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Side event:

5th meeting of the ABS Working Group Achievements and upcoming events of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa

10 October 2007, Montreal, Canada

This side event reviewed the history of the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa since its launch in 2005 and gave an outlook on future activities.

Participants from six prior Initiative workshops reported on events they had attended. Since 2005, the Initiative’s workshops and trainings had addressed various aspects of ABS, targeting either multi-stakeholder groups of specific regions or covering particular topics. In addition, Initiative representatives announced future events, including multi-stakeholder workshops for Western Africa and Maghreb to be held in November 2007, and an Africa-wide workshop planned for December 2007

More than 60 participants attended the side event.

The event was jointly organised with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD).