Information and awareness-raising workshops on Community Biodiversity protocols and Registers in Madagascar
Two workshops were conducted on the 23 August and on the 7 September 2016 in Antavolobe for the Analavory, respectively . The objectives of these sensitization and capacity building workshops were 1) to sensitize local communities and decision-makers on the NP and the ITPGRFA with the support of the members of the National Committee and the participation of researchers from the field of agriculture and the environment, and 2) to improve the understanding of the local communities of the two protocols. The participants included 1) researchers in the field of agriculture and the environment (e.g. researchers from the University of Antananarivo in the field of environment and forestry, researchers from the Research Center for Rural Development in particular (FOFIFA); 2) persons representing the administration of the various ministries concerned (MEEF, MINAE (directors-general, managers of genebanks, Ministry of Industry through the Malagasy Office of Industrial Property Minsitere de la Recherche Scientifique et de Recherche Scientifique); 3) Members of the ABS Implementation Committees and the ITPGRFA Implementation Committees; 4) local communities (e.g. natural resources managers, seed farmers, peasants, simple members of the local communities of Analavory and Antavolobe).
The results of these workshops included 1) sensitization of decision makers, researchers and local communities on the NP and the ITPGRFA; 2) presentations of the two instruments, update on the main advancement of implementation and discussions; 3) explanations on how these two instruments have been implemented were made according to the categories of stakeholders, whether for researchers or local communities. These explanations focused on the activities and important points to be taken into account for the implementation of the various clauses of the two protocols.
Discussions and identification of the likely involvement of local communities in the implementation of the NP and the ITPGRFA were made in Malagasy, using communication tools developed in previous projects with the GEF/UNEP/GIZ. This included discussions on Farmers' Rights and on the rights of local communities managing natural renewable resources.
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.