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Side event:

9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP-9), ABS and Protected Areas

20 May 2008, Bonn, Germany

ABS experiences in Namibia, Seychelles and Australia were presented at this event. Grassroot experiences were presented on the conservation objectives of national parks and protected areas and the possibilities for Access and Benefit Sharing that arose therein.

Their stories demonstrated how important ABS is for conservation and sustainable use and vice versa.
So far the issue of ABS and protected areas has been of relatively little importance in ABS negotiations. Participants demanded more emphasis be placed on these issues during ABS negotiations.

This event was organised by the Dutch-German ABS Capacity Development Initiative.