Start date: July 14
End date: July 16
In Madagascar, the official launch of the project 'Mutually supportive implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty' took place in Antananarivo, 14-16 July 2015. The project is conducted with the support of the Darwin Initiative - a UK Government funding programme.
The Expert Guidance Committee (EGC) of the project, composed by the two lead national organisations from each country, the Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Capacity Development Initiative, the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and of the International Treaty, the African Union Commission and Bioversity International, met first to share and develop a common understanding of the scope and aim of the project; to exchange information on the progress made on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty in both countries and to identify how the project could contribute to its improvement. Over the course of the following days, the EGC met with a number of local stakeholders. In total, 55 people attended the event. Participants included representatives from the public sector (ministries and extended services); the private sector; international experts; public and private research centers; public and private universities; and local communities and healers.
Additionally, a field trip to Firaisan-Kina, one of the two selected communities for the implementation of the project, was organized. As it was the case during the official launch of the project in Benin, the visit turned into a big assembly where different stakeholders were present.
Overall, participants recognized the importance and role of agricultural biodiversity for humans’ wellbeing and acknowledged the necessity of assuring an equitable access and share of benefits arising from the exploitation of plant genetic resources. In addition, participants stressed their expectations on this project, in hopes that the joint implementation of both international agreements will contribute to granting food security and poverty reduction, and facilitate the creation of economic incentives for an increase of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in their countries.
Video recorded by Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for the official launch of the project in Madagascar