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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 Benin: Bonou and Tori Bosito on  9 - 10 and 23 - 24 of August 2016, respectively. These workshops provided room to introduce the Plant Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, and constituted a good opportunity for discussing with community leaders and other stakeholders about the possible advantages of developing community biodiversity registers, ABS protocols, and investment plans and the possible methods for developing them, and norms that would need to be respected in terms of collecting, documenting and providing access to those resources.

 

 

 

These workshops were also useful to keep on working with the local communities on resilient seed systems and adaptation to climate change. The main objectives of these exercises were 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 Benin.

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.

More information about the participatory exercises conducted is available in the field reports from Bonou and Tori Bosito.

 

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.