Developing Biocultural Community Protocols in South Africa and Botswana

Developing Biocultural Community Protocols in South Africa and Botswana

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Under the Nagoya Protocol, Biocultural Community Protocols (PBC) are tools indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) may establish, as providers of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, to set out the rules and conditions under which users (scientists, scholars, collectors and the private sector) will interact with them when seeking access to their resources and knowledge, in line with their values, customs and laws. By doing so, BCPs aim to promote endogenous development and to protect biodiversity and traditional knowledge associated with it. BCPs are therefore critical for communities and successful implementation of the CBD and the Nagoya Protocol at the national level.

In South Africa, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and Natural Justice are currently supporting the development of Biocultural Community Protocols for six Chiefdoms (Traditional Authorities) in the Vhembe District Municipality, Limpopo province, namely for the Manenzhe, Tshikundamalema, Makuya, Mutele, Thengwe and Rammbuda communities.  In Botswana, the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have supported the development of two BCPs for the Matute-a-Mongongo and Kgetsi Ya Tsie communities. On this webinar, specialists involved in the BCP development process will share experiences as well as the key methodological steps, challenges and lessons learned, particularly with a view to highlighting the emerging opportunities for other African countries eager to further the communities’ work in this field.

The panelists of this webinar are:

Claudio Chiarolla, Regional Project Specialist of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project – Welcome and opening of the webinar. (5 min)

Ms. Lactitia Tshitwamulomoni, DEFF, South Africa – Setting the scene: The South African context. (5 min)

Ms. Lesle Jansen, Natural Justice – Supporting communities to develop Biocultural Community Protocols: key methodological and practical issues. (30 min)

Ms. Dineo Gaborekwe, UNDP Botswana – Communities’ experiences in Botswana: Matute-a-Mongongo and Kgetsi Ya Tsie’s BCPs (10 min)

Discussant: Ms. Anele Moyo, UNDP-UNOPS, National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in South Africa (5 min)

Followed by Q&A

To register in the webinar, kindly use the following link.

Event Details


14 November 2019




Fernando López


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