Workshop to Validate Capacity Building Program

Capacity building program validated

On 22 October, SANBio hosted a workshop with SADC members states to validate the Operationalisation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the SADC Region Guidelines. The guidelines were developed as part of a capacity building program on the SADC Protocol on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI). The program titled SADC IKS Policy Guidelines and Action Plan.

The implementation of the Nagoya Protocol is a global challenge. It requires capacity building that will enable countries to establish new or modify existing domestic ABS legislative, and policy measures. Through this GIZ-funded program, SANBio in collaboration with SADC Secretariat, GIZ-SNRL, and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) will be addressing this challenge.

SADC Members States have been invited to this workshop to provide inputs to improve the quality of the guidelines, which they would use to comply with the national legislations on access and benefit sharing in their respective countries.

Overall, the objective of the program is to:

  • improve Member States’ ability to effectively implement STI policies and programs
  • Improve the adoption of targets greater than 1% for gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) in national policies
  • create awareness and train researchers, technology transfer officers, government officials and SMEs on skills needed to operationalise Nagoya Protocol on ABS