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Testimonials

Here you will find what our partners, donors and event participants say about us (in chronological order). To be continued (hopefully...).

After the Third Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on ABS (ICNP-3) in Pyeongchang, South Korea (24-28 February 2014), the Executive Director of the SCBD in an official letter expressed his gratitude for the successful involvement of the ABS Initiative in this meeting, its "positive impact assisting African countries advance their national (ABS) processes" and for its financial assistance that enabled the African Union to make great progress towards developing regional guidelines "to ensure the coordinated implementation of the (Nagoya) Protocol for the African region".

The SCBD at the meeting of the African Steering Committee, 2-3 March 2013, held in Phalaborwa, South Africa, re-affirmed the Initiative’s significant role in supporting the SCBD in its ABS capacity building workshops and being a key partner to promote ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

At the 2 - 6 July 2012 Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on ABS (ICNP-2) in New Delhi, it was recommended that ABS Initiative activities form the basis of awareness raising and capacity building efforts: “Recognizing the wealth of experiences and lessons learned as well as instruments and methodologies that have been developed under various ABS capacity development initiatives, such as the ABS Capacity Development Initiative that has expanded from Africa to other regions.”

In a letter of acknowledgement from March 2012 the UNEP Executive Director highlights the negotiators’ capacity building for ICNP-1 / ICNP-2 and calls donors to support the ABS Initiative’s work towards capacity development for national implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

The Minister of the Environment of Cameroon expresses his appreciation for "the sponsorship, the quality of the technical input and your personal endeavours that significantly contributed to the successful outcomes of the 6th Pan-African regional workshop on ABS".

The ICNP-1 Recommendation 1/2 on Measures to Assist in Capacity-building and Development and the Strengthening of Human Resources and Institutional Capacities in Developing Countries and Parties with Economies in Transition makes reference to the ABS Initiative : “Taking note of the previous and ongoing ABS capacity-building initiatives supported by the Global Environment Facility, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and other organizations and institutions, including the ABS Capacity Development Initiative that has expanded from Africa to other regions, and of the experiences and lessons learned from those initiatives”.

In a Note on ABS capacity building measures from May 2011 the SCBD Executive Secretary makes reference to the ABS Initiative: “Although limited to the African continent, this initiative constitutes the most comprehensive attempt to build capacity and awareness on ABS.”

In a letter of gratitude from 20 November 2010 the African chief negotiator highlights some of the positive impacts on the African negotiation team and the significance of the ABS Initiative’s work.