On 1 March 2013, the African Group of parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the African Group) had a meeting on the sidelines of the 7th Pan-African Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) workshop in Phalaborwa, South Africa. The meeting was chaired by Prudence Galega of the Ministry of Environment Protection of Nature of Cameroon.
The African Group discussed their future involvement in discussions around the draft AU guidelines on ABS. They agreed that the African Group should call for inputs or questions emanating from various fora are strategically important and it is important for the group to raise the African position in all fora.
With regard to draft EU regulations on ABS, they wanted to explore writing a letter of concern to the European Council. Pierre Du Plessis from the Centre for Research Information Action in Africa mentioned that Kabir Bavikate and Johanna Von Braun of Natural Justice have already drafted something along these lines. The African Group decided to write a one-page document to the European Council to endorse the draft letter of concern to the EU Parliament written by Natural Justice.