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Biocultural community protocols:

Over the three years, the project supported a number of community-level workshops to raise awareness about the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, and to introduce communities to different tools, methods for developing (or not) biocultural protocols, biodiversity registries, etc. Project partners organized meetings in their respective countries. As part of this process, in year 2, the communities confirmed their interest in developing biocultural community protocols and community biodiversity registries, and further agreed on the type of registry, who would manage it, and how data would be collected.

Consultants from Natural Justice, supported by the ABS Initiative, together with two staff members from Bioversity’s Benin and Uganda offices, supported the community-level work in both countries. 

Once the communities decided that they wanted to develop biocultural community protocols, the two national teams organized a number of training workshops during the second and third year of the project to support actors involved in the process of developing and getting the biocultural community protocols recognized at the community, regional and national levels. These workshops allowed communities to make decisions on the biocultural community protocols’ content, the way forward for their elaboration, and to reflect on the connections between the community protocols and Farmers’ Rights. The first drafts of the biocultural community protocols from the four communities were shared with the EGC for suggestions and comments.

By the end of the project the four biocultural community protocols were adopted by the corresponding municipal authorities. The protocols are available below.

As part of the process of developing the protocols in Benin, the project commissioned a study on access to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Benin (at national and community level). This study, entitled ‘Documentation du mécanisme d’accès aux Ressources Phytogénétiques pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture par les Parties prenantes au Bénin’, is available below.

  • Documentation du mécanisme d’accès aux Ressources Phytogénétiques pour l’Alimentation et l’Agriculture par les Parties prenantes au Bénin

Guidelines on the legal instruments and systems established in each country for the mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol

The two lead agencies responsible for the administration of the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol developed, in cooperation guidelines to introduce the legal instruments and systems established in each country for the mutually supportive implementation of the International Treaty and the Nagoya Protocol, describing the public bodies involved in the administration of those new laws; they also include ‘how to’ steps for access seekers applying for access to plant genetic resources in the country, including forms and templates to be completed when submitting requests.

  • Guide simplifié de accès aux ressources génétiques - Madagascar
  • Document synthèse sur l'accès aux ressources génétiques - Bénin


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, and the Secretariats of the CBD and the ITPGRFA. It is delivered through the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and through Bioversity International.