The AnGR-TAG writeshop was convened under the AU-IBAR genetics project 'Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources' in Naivasha, Sweet Lake Resort on 14th – 17th April 2015.
The meeting gathered 22 technical experts drawn from the 5 sub-regions of Africa (represented by the following countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Malawi, Nigeria, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda and Tunisia) and implementing partners (ILRI and CIRDES).
The writeshop aimed at offering the newly appointed AnGR-TAG members, a platform to work towards the development of the first draft of the revised and harmonized characterization, inventory and monitoring tools' guidelines and an opportunity to formulate a strategy to guide successful implementation and improved utilization of the revised tools within AU Member States.
The writeshop concluded with the following outcomes.
- Well –defined draft guidelines developed for characterization (both phenotypic and molecular), inventory and monitoring;
- A clear and unbiased selection criteria for Member States (MS) was established for the 1st phase of implementation of the revised and harmonized tools;
- Clear criteria for the selection of enumerators and outlined "training-of-trainers" module areas were identified;
- The draft content framework for the AnGR tools' guidelines was proposed and adopted.
An Experts consultation meeting was convened by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), from 20 to 22 April 2015 at Hotel du Lac in Cotonou, Benin, 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".
This meeting, which aimed at taking stock and assessing challenges and constraints in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the ratification, reviewing continental developments and mechanisms relevant to the movements and exchange of animal genetic material, gathered participants from 6 Countries, namely Cameroon, Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and Tunisia, as well as International and regional organizations namely FAO, ILRI, ECOWAS, AU-IBAR and AUC and also NGOs working with communities in the field of animal genetic resources.
The specific objectives included among key ones, to:
- Assess the legal environment for the exchange and movement of animal genetic material, as well as the adoption/implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the ratification.
- Assess challenges and constraints in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the adoption/ratification.
- Propose technical standards, legislation or regulatory requirements for the exchange and movement of genetic materials.
- Propose a guideline for the exchange and movement of genetic materials including benefits to local communities, custodians of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
- Propose a legislative framework for the establishment of regional genebanks.
AU-IBAR organized a Consultative Meeting for the establishment of an African Platform for Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) held in Cotonou, Benin from 22nd to 24th April 2015.
The overall objective of the meeting was to establish an African Platform for Regional Institutions for Fisheries and Aquatic Systems (APRIFAS). The specific objectives were to:
- Validate the Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedures for African Platform of Regional Institutions for fisheries and aquatic systems (APRIFAS);
- Establish an Africa Platform for Regional Institutions for fisheries and aquatic systems
- Improve on the RFBs institutional assessment reports and propose roadmap for their rationalization;
- Review elements contained in the draft legal text for anchorage of ECCAS (Economic Community of Central African States) and COREP (Fisheries Commission for Central Gulf of Guinea).
In attendance at the meeting were thirty five delegates from Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs), Water Basin Commissions (WBCs), the European Union (EU), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), African Union agencies (AUC-DREA, AU-IBAR and NEPAD) and experts.