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.
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.
Background of the workshops
The Regional Inception workshops for the project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" were aimed at acquainting National Coordinators, Focal Points of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), implementing partners and other key stakeholders with the project. The workshops were appropriate platforms to exchange and share ideas and technical information related to AnGR and to build on expectations, address key concerns and elicit inputs on the implementation strategy. The workshops provided opportunities for promoting synergies among partners and key stakeholders. The workshops also offered guidance to National Coordinators on the process of drafting Country Reports for the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR).
Objectives of the Regional Workshops
The main objectives were to:
- Create common understanding, among National Coordinators of Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), on the project goal, objectives and outcomes as well as roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved
- Discuss the project's Result Areas, Activities, implementation strategy and the required information and where necessary, make appropriate adjustments
- Familiarize Member States (MS) with FAO's requirements and guidelines for the preparation of National Reports for the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources (SoW-AnGR) and update their AnGR inventories
- Discuss and establish appropriate processes to update and enrich MS databases