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In order to increase local awareness of biological diversity and issues associated with its erosion or conservation, the project has continued to sponsor awareness raising and capacity strengthening workshops at the community level in the two study sites of Madagascar: Antavolobe and Analavory. These workshops provided room to introduce the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, and constituted a good opportunity for discussing with community leaders from the two communities and other stakeholders regarding the possible advantages of developing community biodiversity registers, ABS protocols, and investment plans and possible methods for developing them, and norms that would need to be respected in terms of collecting, documenting and providing access to those resources.

A national consultant from Natural Justice supported by the ABS Initiative supported the development of this activity. So too did two staff members from Bioversity’s Benin and Uganda offices with expertise in facilitation, community biodiversity management and use of IT tools to process combinations of crop adaptability, climate and accession level passport data to identify potentially adapted materials in ex-situ collections.

These workshops were also used to keep on working with the local communities of the study sites on resilient seed systems and adaptation to climate change. The main objectives of these exercises was to enhance the capacities of national stakeholders and communities to identify useful and potentially adaptable plant genetic resources for food and agriculture for climate change adaptation from other potential sources both inside and outside of Madagascar.

More information about the participatory exercises conducted during is available in the field report developed by the national team.

 

This project is conducted with the support of the Darwin Initiative - a UK Government Funded Programme. It is carried out in collaboration with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the Secretariats of the CBD and the ITPGRFA and the AUC. It is delivered through the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and through Bioversity International.

 

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