A regional meeting of COMPAS partners from India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam has been held from 5-7 April 2011 near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The meeting discussed the results of a pilot where Future in Our Hands (FIOH) and Biodiversity Research and Training Centre (BRIT) have collected change stories to assess impact of the endogenous development approach in organic farming and Vaasthu (landscape).
Furthermore, impact assessment using results chains (inputs-outputs-outcome-impacts) have been discussed. Prior to the regional meeting, an inception meeting of the Asian Regional Initiative on Biocultural Community Protocols has been held to plan a new programme, with funds requested from The Christensen Fund, in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
This exiciting new programme is in the context of the recent adopted Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). The partnership involves Natural Justice, LIFE, CIKS, Sri Lankan NGOs and ETC COMPAS.