African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use

12-15 December 2006 | Nairobi, Kenya

Daily Highlights

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Daily Meeting Highlights

The African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity opened on Tuesday, 12 December 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), Bioversity International, and the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

On Tuesday morning, participants agreed on organizational matters, and heard presentations from the CBD Secretariat and partner organizations, with the Secretariat highlighting the importance of examining the application of the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines on Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity (AAPGs) to agricultural biodiversity, and outlining the results of the two other regional workshops on the AAPGs: the Eastern European Workshop which had been held from 30 May – 2 June, 2005 in Moscow, the Russian Federation; and the Latin American and Caribbean Workshop, held from 13 – 16 September, 2005 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the afternoon, in a session chaired by Modibo Cissé, Ministry of the Environment, Mali, participants began discussing the application of the AAPGs to agricultural biodiversity, heard presentations, and decided on a methodology for their work during the week, including  deciding to convene in break-out sessions on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, participants heard a presentation from Sally Bunning, FAO, on Decision V/5 (Agricultural biodiversity) and then convened throughout the day in three parallel informal working groups to review the AAPGs and their application to agrobiodiversity and establish guidelines for the agricultural sector grounded in the AAPGs.

WG-I, was chaired by Francis Ogwal, National Environment Management Authority, Uganda, with Evelyn Mathias, FAO, and Susan Odhuo, Indigenous Information Network, Kenya, acting as rapporteurs. Participants heard three presentations and carried out discussions on how to apply AAPGs to the agriculture sector, taking into account experts’ experience in their own countries. The group included participants from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

WG-II, chaired by Rueben Oyoo Mosi, University of Nairobi, Kenya, with Dagmar Mithöfer, African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE) and Kudzai Kusena, National Gene Bank, Zimbabwe, as rapporteurs, included participants from Kenya, Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Seychelles. Participants shared national experiences and challenges in agrobiodiversity conservation, brainstormed possible solutions and proposed operational guidelines, additions and revisions to the AAPGs.

WG-III was chaired by Modibo Cissé, Ministry of the Environment, Mali, with Hadyatou, Dantesy-Barry, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Togo, as rapporteur. The group included participants from Togo, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, and Morocco. Participants heard three presentations and carried out discussions on how to apply AAPGs to the agriculture sector, taking into account experts’ experience in their own countries.

On Thursday morning, participants met in plenary, heard feedback from the working groups, and presentations on ecosystem services assessment. Olivier Hillel, CBD Secretariat, outlined methodologies for carrying out ecosystem evaluation, including market price, productivity, hedonic pricing and travel cost methods. Jeroen Huising, Tropical Soil and Fertility Institute (TSBF), presented on a programme of work (POW) on below-ground biodiversity and related ecosystem services, on assessment and adaptive management of ecosystem services. Brent Swallow, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), outlined several factors including: reduction of native land pressure and improved fallows; intrinsic value of agricultural forestry systems; the economic potential of commercialization and deliberate management of invasive tree species.

On Thursday afternoon, participants reconvened in WGs to finalize review of the AAPGs and then reformed in three drafting groups to work on the report of the meeting presenting the outputs and recommendations of the Workshop.

On Friday morning, plenary heard a presentation on financial costs and benefits associated with the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity; final reports from the WGs on the application of the AAPGs to agricultural biodiversity; and statements from representatives of local and indigenous communities and international organizations. At the close of the meeting, the participants had adopted the Nairobi Statement on Sustainable Use of Agricultural Diversity, which, inter alia, invites FAO and CBD Secretariats to formulate a draft report of the Workshop results, and consult with countries, regions and partners on a draft document summarizing the results from the three regional workshops for the Joint FAO/CBD Global Technical meeting. In the Statement, participants also agreed to the definitions and scope for agricultural biodiversity as included in the background document “CBD/FAO proposal for definition and scope of agricultural biodiversity,” which will be attached as an Annex to the Workshop report.

Presentation Highlights, Tuesday, 12 December 2006
Participants in the African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use
Oliver Hillel, CBD Secretariat, outlined the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines on Sustainable Use.
L:R: Brent Swallow, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); and Jaco Venter, Western Cape Nature Conservation Board, South Africa.
Participants during the morning session.
Break-out Groups Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Participants in WG-I heard three presentations and carried out discussions on how to apply AAPGs to the agriculture sector, taking into account experts’ experience in their own countries.
WG-I Chair, Francis Ogwal, National Environment Management Authority, Uganda.
WG-I Rapporteur, Evelyn Mathias, FAO.
Participants in WG-II discuss the application of AAPGs to agriculture biodiversity.
L:R: Dagmar Mithoefer, African Insect Science for Food and Health, Kenya; and Mohamed Mahmoud Essawy, El Omayed Protectorate, Egypt.
WG-III member, Saidi Seddik, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Morocco.
Hassane Saley, Niger, during the afternoon deliberations.
Relevant Links

CBD Resources
Convention on Biological Diversity
Decision VII/2 on Sustainable Use
Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
Decision VI/13 on Sustainable Use
Decision V/24 on Sustainable use as a cross-cutting issue
Sustainable Use of Biodiversity
Sustainable Use Regional Workshops

Africa Resources
Africa Union
Conference of African Union Ministers of Agriculture, Bamako, Mali, 31 January 31-1 February, 2006
African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)
African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW)
Sirte Declaration on the Challenges of Implementing Integrated and Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Water in Africa, 27 February 2004
AU Summit Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security on Africa, adopted at the Second Ordinary Session of the Assembly, 10-12 July 2003
New Partnership for Africa’s Development
NEPAD Coastal and Marine Programme
NEPAD Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme
NEPAD Environment Directory
African Fertilizer Summit, Abuja, Nigeria, 9-13 June 2006
NEPAD Fish for All Summit, Abuja, Nigeria, 22-25 August 2005
Abuja Declaration on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, 25 August 2005
Action Plan for the Development of African Fisheries and Aquaculture, Abuja, 23 August 2005
UNEP Regional Office for Africa
Africa Environment Outlook 2

IISD RS Resources
Biodiversity and Wildlife Introduction
IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the Side Events at the Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil
IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 28 November - 2 December 2005, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 7-11 February 2005, Bangkok, Thailand
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-7) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 9-20 February 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
IISD RS coverage of the ninth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-9) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 10-14 November 2003, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-8) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 10-14 March 2003, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 7-19 April 2002, The Hague, the Netherlands
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-7) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 12-16 November 2001, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the Sixth Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-6) of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 12-16 March 2001, Montréal, Canada
IISD RS coverage of the fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15-26 May 2000, United Nations Environment Programme Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
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