CABI's programmes are driven by the needs of its Member Countries. To reinforce this connection, CABI is establishing a series of direct dialogues in each region of operation. These aim to strengthen understanding of CABI's activities and capabilities in support of international development and to build close engagement with the regional priorities of Member Countries. These priorities will help to shape CABI's strategic programmes and to help establish the particular forms of mutual commitment and financial resourcing required to deliver its mission. The Asia-Pacific Member Country Consultation was the second of three such dialogues.
Liaison Officers or Member Country representatives from 12 Asia-Pacific Member Countries attended the meeting, together with one representative from Indonesia (a former Member) and one from Canada. The meeting itself was a closed business session for Member Countries. However, in the final session, the outcomes were presented to a wider audience of partners, donors, and stakeholders.
This document outlines the member country objectives; national
priorities and key sub-regional issues amongst CABI's Members; and
action plans and responsibilities. The countries in the 3 subregional
1. Australia, China, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam
2. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines
3. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Six key themes were identified:
- Trade development and markets
- Institutional capacity strengthening and knowledge management
- Biofuels and Climate Change
- Microbial collection - use and management
- ICT and Enterprise development including animal and aquaculture sectors
- Integrated Pest Management/Invasive Species in relation to high value crops
The details of the findings for each theme, are summarized in tables in the Appendices
CABI, Wallingford, UK, 19 pp.