Abidjan, 29 July 2022 (AIP) - The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) and the firm Biotope organized on Thursday 28 July and Friday 29 July 2022, in Abidjan Cocody, workshops on international standards on the consideration of biodiversity in environmental impact assessments and on the tool "conservation agreements" for the implementation of ecological compensation projects.

These workshops aimed to restore and publicize a flagship tool of public-private partnership for the implementation of ecological compensation in rural areas, namely the Community Conversation Agreements, according to the consultant in biodiversity at Biotope, Alexandre Thouzeau.

Proceeding to the opening of the workshops, the Director General of CSRS, Pr Inza Koné, stressed that the challenge of this double workshop is to contribute to the preservation of natural capital essential to the sustainability of development schemes, by integrating biodiversity into public policies and private sector practices.

During the first day of the workshop, the naturalist ecologists and technicians of the public services in charge of the environmental assessment, who regularly provide inventory services for the ecology consulting firms, were trained to the requirements of the standard of the performance standards 6 of the international financial society.

During this training, Mr. Thouzeau, for his part, explained the different types of standards, the interest of following these standards, the conditions of use and the user organizations, the logical framework and the associated criteria, information on the criteria and application of the standard. Without forgetting to illustrate with examples and practical cases.