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In order to increase local awareness of biological diversity and issues associated with its erosion or conservation, the project continued to sponsor awareness raising and capacitystrengthening workshops at the community level in the two study sites of Madagascar and Benin in July and August, 2016, respectively. These workshops constituted a good opportunity for discussing with community leaders and other stakeholders about the potential advantages of developing community biodiversity registers, ABS protocols, and investment plans; and to identify possible methods for developing them, as well as and norms that would be needed with regard to collecting, documenting and providing access to those resources. 

More information about these participatory exercises is available in the field reports developed by the national teams:

During year 2 the legal instruments developed under the scope of the project for the mutual implementation of the ITPGRFA and the Nagoya Protocol were adopted in the two countries. The legal instruments are available below.

National partners also supported the four communities to develop community biodiversity conservation investment plans.


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.