CABI's programmes are driven by the needs of its Member Countries. To reinforce this connection, CABI has been undertaking a series of direct dialogues with Member Countries in each region of operation. These consultations 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 shape its strategic programmes and establish the particular forms of mutual commitment and financial resourcing required in delivering its mission.
The Caribbean and Latin America Member Country Consultation was the last of the three dialogues. The first, for Africa, was held in Nairobi on 19-20 September 2007 and the second, for the Asia-Pacific region, was held in Beijing on 29-30 November 2007. At the end of each regional consultation, CABI staff and Member Countries started to further develop the mutually agreed areas of work. This work is ongoing. By the time of the Review Conference in 2009, the work in progress is expected to form the basis of CABI's strategic framework for the medium term. Member Countries will be asked to formally endorse this framework at the Conference.
Following the opening presentations the participants formed three
regional breakout groups working in parallel to detail national
priorities and sub-regional needs:
Group 1: Chile, Colombia, Guyana
Group 2: Trinidad and Tobago, Anguilla, Montserrat
Group 3: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica
The findings of the sub-regional groups were sorted into six areas of work, reflecting the diverse needs of the Caribbean and Latin American region. These comprised
- Biofuels and Climate Change
- Microbial Collections
- Invasive Species Management
- Institutional Capacity Building and Knowledge Management
- Commodities, Integrated Pest Management/Invasive Species
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