A regional training workshop was jointly convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and from the 4th to 6th of March 2019 at the Fortis Manor Hotel, in Hatfield Pretoria, South Africa, in the framework of the implementation of the AU-IBAR project on "Strengthening the capacity of African Countries on Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Animal Genetic Resources in Africa". A total of 35 participants comprising National Focal Points for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and Nagoya Protocol (NP), National Coordinators for Animal Genetic Resources, government and non-governmental officials and development practitioners in the SADC and technical and administrative staff of AU-IBAR region attended the 3-day training workshop. The SADC participants were from: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The training workshop was facilitated by the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for AnGR for Southern Africa, Mrs Deidre Januarie.
The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen capacity on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in the SADC region.
The specific objectives were:
- To raise awareness on ABS and IPR issues related to AnGR,
- To mainstream AnGR into the existing national and regional legislation,
- To share information and best practices and lessons learnt on ABS on AnGR and ABS Procedures and/or Mechanisms and
- To agree on priority interventions to fast track their implementations.
In contribution to the standard-setting process of the OIE, AU-IBAR coordinated an Animal Health Experts meeting from 6 to 7 December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya to formulate comments on draft OIE standards. The comments have been submitted to the OIE and will be discussed during the February 2019 OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission and Aquatic Animals Health Standards Commission.
Comments were made on the following:
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The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) jointly organized the fifth Steering Committee meeting (SC) and General Assembly (GA) for the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for Animal Genetic Resource (AnGR) for Eastern Africa. The SC and GA were organized under the framework of implementation of the AI-IBAR Project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources”.
The meeting was held at Azure Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya and brought together National Coordinators for AnGR, Directors of Animal Production from 11 Member States (MS) (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda), representatives from AU-IBAR; Regional Economic Communities (RECs) East African Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) represented by the Center for Pastoral Areas & Livestock Development (ICPALD); Regional Universities Forum for Research on Agriculture (RUFORUM), representing Universities and training institutions; Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) and Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), representing farmers organisations; and Heifer International (HI) representing NGOs and Civic Societies and ASARECA as the Secretariat of the S-RFP. A total of 35 participants attended the meetings.
The objectives of the General Assembly were to:
- Strengthen collaboration and coordination between EAC, IGAD, the Sub-Regional Focal Point Secretariat (ASARECA) and AU-IBAR for the conservation and sustainable utilization of AnGR;
- Review progress of implementation of the S-RFP action plan;
- Evaluate the projects supported by AU-IBAR in Eastern Africa;
- Discuss and agree on how to fast-track the implementation of supported initiatives especially those on transboundary breeds, as well as National Strategies & Action Plans in the Eastern Africa region;
- Receive an update on the current status of the regional gene bank;
- Discuss the sustainability of the Sub-regional Focal Point, Gene Bank, NSAPs, supported initiatives.