10th GNP HuB Meeting
ABS in Africa
The 10th meeting of the GNP HuB Network, which took place in June 2023, was co-hosted by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative,
Users of genetic resources have been requesting country-specific information on ABS measures. During this event, we discussed some real cases on ABS in Africa and its main challenges, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.
During the first block, an update on the work with ABS in African countries and future collaboration opportunities were presented by the ABS Initiative. Then, in the second block, ABS compliance officers from various institutions in Germany shared their ABS experiences in the following countries: Benin, Madagascar, Namibia, Kenya and South Africa. They summarized the procedures, highlighted the key challenges and gave some tips to the participants.
The discussion on real-life case studies in Africa was very useful to understand the context, the differences and the main challenges. It is a high priority for users to have better and clearer information about ABS measures and procedures in the provider countries. There are great collaboration opportunities between the GNP-HuB project and the ABS Initiative to develop a multi-stakeholder partnership in this sense.
For more details, check out the full report here.
Source: presentation Dr. Achim Meyer, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)