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In 2012, the ABS Initiative organized its well-regarded French language “Managing Multistakeholder Processes in the ABS Arena” training in Paris.

The French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris partners with the ABS Initiative in activities concerning the repatriation of data on the genetic resources of the Côte d’Ivoire Taï National Park which are held by MNHN.

France is home to global companies, particularly from the body care and pharmaceuticals sector, that are regular participants in the ABS Business Dialogues in Copenhagen. The ABS Initiative cooperates with some of these companies bilaterally, e.g. on the development of codes of conduct or on ABS pilot projects.