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ABS Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)

Task Force Meeting in Follow-up of Nairobi Workshop March 2009
18-19 June 2009, Bonn, Germany

The meeting was based on the results of the Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen Fensterfirst pan-African workshop on ABS CEPA, held in Nairobi in March 2009 . In Nairobi, participants identified communication requirements for stakeholders at the political-administrative level, developed specific messages and identified milestones for communication on the road to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10).


Based on the results and recommendations developed in Nairobi, the overall goal of the Bonn meeting was to elaborate concrete action proposals regarding ABS CEPA in Africa. Specifically, the meeting was to:

  • Complete the ABS communication roadmap to COP-10
  • Sketch out CEPA action plan(s) for Africa, targeting stakeholders at different levels
  • Provide ABS specific input for the next Informal Advisory Committee on CEPA (CEPA IAC) meeting
  • Develop recommendations for further action by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD).


Participants developed a set of eight concrete project proposals, determined the impacts, outputs and time frame and defined required resources. They further came up with concrete recommendations for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) bureau (e.g., organizing a special session on ABS and CEPA), upcoming regional ABS workshops (e.g., share ABS CEPA experiences in various countries and identify ABS CEPA targets to fill gaps) and the road map for 2009/2010.

The meeting brought together some 20 ABS and communication experts from various African countries and international organisations. Most participants had previously attended the March 2009 Pan-African workshop on ABS CEPA. Also attending were the Chairs of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA IAC ) and the Conference of the Parties to the CBD Bureau, representatives of the SCBD and the Dutch and German ministries responsible for ABS and development cooperation.

The workshop was organised by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa.