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For Faciliators of Multistakeholder Workshops on ABS

3-7 May 2010 (Francophone countries), Bonn, Germany

The training addressed African facilitators' need for skills and methods in involving diverse stakeholders in order to implement ABS in Anglophone and Francophone African countries.

ABS implementation at the national level calls for involvement and participation of many different stakeholders, from government agencies, to scientists, to businesses, to indigenous people and local communities, to name a few. Organising large meetings of such diverse actors and facilitating their productive interaction requires specialised skills and methods.


  • Refresh participants' existing facilitation skills and understanding of the special characteristics of large group and multi-stakeholder (LGMS) events
  • Gain knowledge and some practical experience with LGMS facilitation methods
  • Be able to (co-) facilitate ABS-related national or regional LGMS events
  • Create a pool of African facilitators, available to the Initiative, who are able to support ABS implementation workshops at the regional and national levels.

The training was divided into English and French sessions, with each language attended by some 12 participants. At least two participants came from each of the six countries of the UNEP/GEF ABS Project for Africa: Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Senegal, and South Africa. The other participants came from various African countries in all regions of the continent.

This event was organised by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative for Africa.