DRAFT POLICY DOCUMENT ON ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING ARISING FROM THE USE OF GENETIC RESOURCES IN CAMEROON
BDCP Cameroon collaborated with the Government of Cameroon to come up with a draft policy document on ABS. This project was executed under the DGF 2009 rounds. The goal of this project is To Promote Effective Stakeholder Participation in ABS Policy Making Process in Cameroon by consultation and contributing to a draft ABS policy document. It is one of those rare instances where stakeholder consultation is key in policy making in the biodiversity sector in Cameroon.
Applications are now available on the RESOLVE website (http://www.resolv.org/cif/) for civil society observer seats on two sub-committees of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF)’s Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP). Application forms, application instructions, and criteria for the observer seats are available on the RESOLVE website (www.resolv.org/cif).
To start this public participation case, project researchers interviewed officials at the Management Bureau of Leigongshan National Nature Reserve, villagers from 3 rural townships, CSO’s and media from July 11 to July 17, 2009. Through these interviews we wanted to discover what actions the government took to lead and improve public participation but also the villagers’ views about the officials’ work.
This case is significant in that it would help us find out how government leads and improves public participation in a regulatory framework.
Welcome to the discussion.
My intention in starting this group is to bring together our experiences in the practice of public participation. To ask questions about the different ways that the public are encouraged/ enabled/ patronised/ prevented/ misled etc. In other words:
what tools have you found useful? what are the resources that you have found most useful? what are the ways of communicating and dialogue that work best in your country and could these be useful for others to learn from? what are the pitfalls?