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A large number of stakeholders have benefited from the awareness raising and consultation meetings organized in both countries throughout the project to date. These meetings were also useful for identifying the capacity building needs of the different stakeholders for assuring the successful implementation of the new legal instruments in both countries.

In Benin, a practical workshop was organized in August 2017 about the “Decree on national guidelines on access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use in the Republic of Benin", adopted by the government on 15 March 2017. In total, the workshop was attended by 50 participants (12 of which were women).

Similarly, in Madagascar three regional meetings were organized, in the regions of Itasy (July 13th), Bongolava (July, 14th) and Analamanga (September, 4). In total, of 25 representatives (11 of which were women) from the Itasy and Bongolava regional governments were present.


Photo: Raising awareness at the regional level in Madagascar. September, 2017


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.