Products Darwin Initiative Project Year 2
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.
- “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 Council of Ministers on 15 March, 2017
- Decree N°2017-066, 31/01/2017 regulating ABS resulting from the use of genetic resources in Madagascar - adopted on 31 January 2017
- Arrêté/order No. 11 567/2017 on Interim Measures to Apply for ABS to PGRFA under the MLS of the ITPGRFA in Madagascar - adopted on 16 May 2017
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.