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On April 3 - 6, 2017, the project's Expert Guidance Committee met for the fourth time since the beginning of the implementation of the project in April 2015.

The meeting was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy. The representative of the CBD Secretariat and of the African Union Commission could not be there. However, the meeting benefited from the presence of an expert from the Legal Office from FAO and from Natural Justice (financed by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative) who have supported partners during the development of legal measures and of Biocultural Community Protocols, respectively.

The meeting constituted a perfect opportunity for the national teams to share their experiences, views and main challenges faced and to start planning the way forward over year 3. Some of the tangible outcomes of the second year of implementation of the Darwin Initiative Project were the development of a number of documents developed by the national partners that can be accessed here.


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.