Thirteenth meeting of Central African Biodiversity Working Group (GTBAC): Common position is adopted.



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 With the technical and financial support of the German Cooperation through the GIZ project to support COMIFAC, the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat hosted from 11 to 13 November 2019 the thirteenth meeting of the Central African Biodiversity Working Group (GTBAC) in the meeting room of the CHEZ LANDO Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.



The meeting was held in preparation for the eleventh Working Group on Article 8 (j) and the related provisions (WG8J 11) and the 23rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) which will take place from 20 to 22 and from 25 to 29 November respectively in Montreal, Canada.


The workshop aimed to:

  • Review the items on the agendas of the SBSTTA-23 and the WG8J-11, identify themes of relevance to Central Africa and adopt the common positions of COMIFAC countries on these themes;


  • design a framework for action at SBSTTA-23 and WG8J-11;


  • Discuss the progress status of the proceedings of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services (IPBES);


  • Get an update on the development of a strategic framework for biodiversity post-2020;


  • Discuss how to coordinate the implementation of ABS projects and initiatives in COMIFAC countries.


  • report on and discuss the conclusions of subregional, regional and international meetings;


The 30th GTBAC meeting brought together the focal points of the CDB, the Cartagena Protocol and the Nagoya Protocol on ABS, representatives of Networks affiliated with CEFDHAC CEFDHAC (REPAR, REJEFAC, REPALEAC and REFADD), the COMIFAC National Coordinator, the COMIFAC Executive Secretary and development partners (GIZ and WWF).



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