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Experts to meet on movement and exchange of animal genetic materials and Nagoya Protocol implementation in Africa

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The animal genetics project of AU-IBAR has scheduled an expert consultation meeting from 20th to 22nd April 2015 in Cotonou, Benin, on the movement and exchange of animal genetic materials and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in Africa.

The objective of the meeting is for the experts to take stock and assess challenges and constraints in adoption/ implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since its ratification; review continental developments relevant to the movements and exchange of animal genetic materials; and use the framework developed by the African Union for the implementation for the Nagoya Protocol to further consult and solicit inputs before its adoption. The focus will be on legal, policy and practical implementation challenges with the objective of contributing to the debate on outstanding issues, future research directions and technical assistance and training activities related to the implementation of the ABS Protocol.

Africa is rich in biodiversity, and is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. The livestock industry has for decades made extensive use of genetic resources from Africa, and this is partly owing to the absence of a continental legal regime/legislative framework on ABS. However, Africa is now drafting legislations to fill this vacuum. ABS regimes facilitate access to biological resources and associated traditional knowledge, while ensuring that the benefits are shared with the traditional owners. Given the abundant biodiversity in Africa, ABS can be an effective tool for poverty reduction.

Participants

The participants will be drawn from eight African countries - Cameroon, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya Namibia, Tunisia – and FAO, ECOWAS, ILRI, AU-IBAR and AUC.