The Guide of Good Practices in Laboratory Management on Genetic Resources in COMIFAC countries available soon - COMIFAC



Kigali, Rwanda, February 12-14, 2020- The workshop for the finalization of the Guide of Good Practices for the Management of Laboratories on Genetic Resources in COMIFAC Countries took place at Kim Hotel.


Organised thanks to the technical and financial support of the JICA Support Project for COMIFAC, the workshop brought together about twenty participants including researchers, two (02) from each COMIFAC member country who had already taken part in the training sessions organised by the JICA Project and who are members of the network of sub-regional researchers, representatives of the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC, of the COMIFAC National Coordination of Rwanda, of JICA and the team of the JICA Support Project for COMIFAC. 


The overall objective of this workshop was to finalize the Guide of Good Practices in the Management of Genetic Resources Laboratories in COMIFAC countries, and the main aim was to review and enrich the draft version of the guide. 


 A key objective of this workshop was also to facilitate discussion on the functioning of the platform of researchers from the sub-region and to continue the reflection in view of the organization of the Researchers' Conference on ABS in November 2020.



The workshop was opened by the representative of the COMIFAC National Coordinator for Rwanda, Mr. Dismas Bakundukize in the presence of the Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, Mr. Raymond Ndomba Ngoye and the representative of JICA, Mr. Nagase Tomonori.


Through constructive debates, group activities and plenary discussions, a draft document was produced. This document sets out the rules to be followed by genetic resources laboratories in order to ensure the reliability of test results, as well as their cost-effectiveness while securing the safety of personnel and the protection of the environment.


The closing ceremony was chaired by the JICA Resident Representative in Rwanda, Mr. Maruo Shin, who congratulated the participants for the work done and expressed the hope that the guide will be the unique reference in Central Africa for all public and private research stakeholders.


Pending the validation of the manual in April 2020, Mr. Raymond Ndomba Ngoye, Executive Secretary of COMIFAC thanked the Rwandan government for the welcome extended to participants and researchers for their availability and full involvement. He reassured them of COMIFAC's support and urged them to strive to produce a quality final document. 



As a reminder, the Nagoya Protocol establishes the principle of access and benefit sharing (ABS) and aims to regulate the relationship between a provider of genetic resources and a user under research and development activities. It applies to academic research or research and development activities of both public and private institutions, when this research concerns the genetic and/or biochemical composition of genetic resources.


Find out more...

Go back


WWF: Rainforest deforestation more than doubled under cover of coronavirus -DW

Tropical rainforests shrank by 6,500 square kilometers in March — an area seven times the size of Berlin. Criminal groups are taking advantage of the pandemic and the unemployed are getting desperate, the WWF said.

Read more …

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Monthly update April 2020

"At a time when many countries are beginning their gradual deconfinement and when there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon of returning to normal life, I wanted to share with you some good news that also fills us with hope for the future of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park."

Read more …

Resources and follow-up from the virtual FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Roundtable

Last April 30th FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners organized a virtual Roundtable on Territorial Perspectives for Development, in which over 170 people participated.

Read more …

ATIBT -CBFP: Private Sector mobilized around the CBFP Facilitator of the Federal Republic of Germany

ATIBT co-facilitated the mobilization of the private sector of the timber sector to participate in the first meeting of the private sector college of Congo Basin Forest Partnership with the new facilitator Dr Christian Ruck and his team German Facilitation.

Read more …

Development and institutionalization of a PAFC certification system for the Congo basin: opening of the second public consultation on Sustainable Forest Management Certification Standard, 23 May 2020 - 22 June 2020

This second public consultation will be open for a period of 30 days from tomorrow Saturday the 23rd of May 2020 and will be closed on Monday the 22nd of June 2020. The public consultation is open to all stakeholders of forest management in the Congo Basin interested in participating to the PAFC Congo Basin certification standards development process.

Read more …

Forest defenders on the COVID-19 frontline stand ready to assist the global EU response – Fern

These efforts go hand in hand with ensuring continued responsible management of natural resources and preventing unsustainably and illegally sourced forest commodities. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, forest-monitoring organisations Observatoire de la Gouvernance Forestière (OGF) and Réseau des observateurs indépendants des ressources naturelles (RENOI) are set to carry out COVID awareness-raising in at-risk forest areas, and will also assess COVID’s impact on forest management and governance commitments under the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Across the Congo Basin, fears that a proper lack of oversight may put forests and forest peoples in danger are looming despite emerging initiatives.

Read more …

22 May 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity

The theme of the 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is “Our Solutions are in Nature”. It shows that "Biodiversity remains the answer to a number of sustainable development challenges that we all face. From nature-based solutions to climate, to food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity remains the basis for a sustainable future."

Read more …

CBFP News Archive


There are no news items for this period.