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Regional Inception workshops for Animal Genetic Resources

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Background of the workshops

© 2014 AU-IBAR. The official opening of the Regional Inception Workshop in East Africa (Kigali).© 2014 AU-IBAR. The official opening of the Regional Inception Workshop in East Africa (Kigali).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