In September 24-26, 2011, an Inception Workshop was held in Accra, Ghana to launch the COMDEKS project with participants from eight of the eleven participarting countries, with UNU-IAS representing the ISPI collaborative activity partners. The workshop was opened by Prof. Alfred Oteng Yeboah, the Chair of the IPSI Steering Committee and a member of the National Biodiversity Advisory Group of Ghana.
The COMDEKS inception workshop brought together representatives of SGP Country Programmes from eight of the first eleven COMDEKS countries with the aim of accomplishing three broad objectives: 1) to become familiar with the concept of the Satoyama Initiative and integrated management of SEPLs, as well as the COMDEKS implementation strategy; 2) to gain technical knowledge and learn about tools and resources for operationalizing the concept of the Satoyama Initiative in COMDEKS project landscapes; 3) to share expectations and tools for knowledge management, build strategies for implementing COMDEKS in each of the participating countries, and establish action plans and guidelines for post-workshop collaboration and project implementation.
Following the workshop, COMDEKS countries are currently in the process of defining priority sites and commencing the consultation process with landscape communities that will lead to the preparation of a COMDEKS Country Programme Landscape Strategy, a comprehensive document that will outline the landscape profile, expected goals and outcomes, landscape-wide baseline assessments and key measures and strategies for community-based actions.
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