From 22 to 25 September a regional capacity-building workshop
was held in Limbe, Cameroon to which CBD focal points and
other governmental staff from the Commission for the Forests
of Central Africa (COMIFAC) range states were invited. CMS
and GRASP focal points from COMIFAC countries were also
in attendance. In addition to capacity-building the themes
of the workshop included revising national biodiversity
strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and "mainstreaming"
biodiversity, i.e. integrating biodiversity aspects to other
ministries' work. CMS and GRASP were there to highlight
the integration of migratory species, particularly gorillas,
In a side meeting the CMS and GRASP delegates also looked
at the gorilla Action Plan which is due to be passed as
a resolution at the first meeting of gorilla parties and
range states on 29 November in Rome.
Each country gave an overview of their NBSAP, CMS and GRASP
where both able to address the workshop and the focal points
from each organisation were able to work together in the
various workshop activities.
This was the first occasion where focal points of CMS,
GRASP, COMIFAC and CBD have come together, and also the
first time CMS and COMIFAC have been able to cooperate in
such a practical event, a cooperation which we plan to build
on in future.
CMS was able to explain to a wider group of stakeholders
that in particular the Gorilla Agreement does not duplicate
work already being done but adds value in the form of an
international treaty negotiated by the Gorilla range states
in Paris in October 2007. The Action Plan for gorilla species
is mainly extracted from IUCN and GRASP action plans, and
is open for discussion/comment at www.gorillawiki.org.
For further information please contact Liam
Addis or Roseline
Beudels at the CMS Secretariat.