Biosafety Clearing-House News
Training on ‘National BCH and other biosafety information repository tools’ was held in Paro from 3-5 March 2020. The training was organized by Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, with the financial and technical support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) involving BCH expert Prof. Ruel V Maningas. The training was attended by forty four officials from BAFRA field offices, Biosafety Technical Working Group and participants from National Environment Commission, Food Corporation of Bhutan, Karma Feed and National Seed Centre. More...
The Gambia conducted its second stakeholders training on BCH under BCHIII project from 3rd to 4th March 2020. The training was attended by 12 participants drawn from the National Competent Authority (NCA) and other relevant institutions who are primary users of the BCH. The training was aimed at enhancing national capacity on how to use the BCH to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
Among others the following topics were covered:
• Genetic engineering concepts and terminologies
• Overview of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Interactive module on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
• Introduction to the Biosafety Clearing House
• introduction to the BCH central Portal
• finding information on the BCH
• the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
• Country Status for Cartagena Protocol and the BCH
• Registering information on the BCH Central Portal
• Introduction to the BCH management Centre Authorized users
• Introduction to the BCH training materials
Over the period 20 – 22 January 2020, a series of meetings was held in Trinidad and Tobago to examine the issue of the sustainability of biosafety in the CARICOM region.
At the first meeting, which held from 20 – 21 January 2020, representatives from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and UN Environment (UNE) met to develop an action plan to chart the way forward for biosafety management at a regional level. Deliberations were based on the recommendations outlined in the report of the terminal evaluation of the UNEP-GEF Regional Project for Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-Region, conducted in January 2019.
In light of the initiative to develop a strategic outlook for biosafety in the Caribbean Region to enhance the sustainability of the outputs achieved under the implementation project, a meeting of regional biosafety stakeholders was convened on 22 January 2020. Participants came from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Also present, in addition to UWI, UNEP and CAHFSA, were representatives from regional and international organisations such as CARICOM, CARPHA, OECS, CARDI and IICA. Presentations examined the outlook from the national, regional and international perspectives, and a workshop session was conducted in which participants were tasked with arriving at common positions on how existing gaps to biosafety management can be addressed, as well as outline a regional implementation framework for biosafety.
It is hoped that the discussions held over the 3-day period will serve as a means of keeping biosafety relevant, and that the necessary steps will be taken at both nationally and regionally to ensure full implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the Caribbean region.
Le présent rapport est le résumé du déroulement du premier atelier national sur l'utilisation du portail centre sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques.Les utilisateurs nationaux ont été formés sur le Protocole de Cartagena et le site BCH et son fonctionnement comment trouver de informations sur le site et comme enregistrer.Quand on est désigné correspondant national autorisé quel est ton rôle et quand on utilisateur national ton rôle est quoi et tes informations toujours être soumises à l'appréciation du CNA ou point Focal. More...
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has contributed, together with the Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) to the development of a draft pocket guide. The pocket guide aims to assist Governments to develop and implement legislation and procedures for effective access to information and public participation regarding LMOs and aims at furthering Programme Element 3 of the priority activities and areas of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (decision CP-VIII/18, Annex).
The draft pocket guide was presented for discussion to the third joint Aarhus Convention/Convention on Biological Diversity Roundtable on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organism, held 16-18 December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland. Participants to the round table meeting welcomed the draft pocket guide and provided comments. The draft pocket guide is now available for further review and can be accessed through the following link: https://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/env/pp/gmo/GMO_Round_table_2019/Pocket_Guide_draft_29_November_draft_not_for_citation.pdf.
Parties and observers are invited to submit their comments as soon as possible, but not later than 1 February 2020. Comments are to be submitted to: BCH@cbd.int
The 3-rd national workshop "Using the information available on the BCH Central portal " within the UNEP-GEF project for sustainable capacity building for effective participation in the BCH was held from 21 to 22 November 2019 at the RSE "National center for biotechnology" of the Committee of science of the Ministry of education and science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – NCB), Nur-Sultan.
The workshop was attended by representatives of key stakeholders, government agencies, importers, producers, distributors, universities, national laboratories and reference centers engaged in monitoring and research of GMOs, research institutes and agricultural organizations, large food companies, non-governmental organizations and the media. Participants familiarized themselves with the technical responsibilities of the BCH and gained a clear understanding of the standard formats of BCH documentation, as well as with the technical aspects of the creation and registration of BCH information materials.
The main objective of the National workshop is to improve the procedures and mechanisms necessary to achieve sustainability of effective participation in BCH and establish effective mechanisms and working links for the collection of information to be transmitted to BCH in accordance with the national Biosafety policy.
Workshop focused on practical training in groups in order to solve various tasks for finding information on the BCH Central portal, registration of records, etc.
The First national theoretical and practical workshop for key stakeholders to establish procedures and mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of effective participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House as part of the UNEP-GEF project on BCH III was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic from November 19th to 20th , 2019.
Representatives of ministries and departments of the Kyrgyz Republic, civil society and other stakeholders participated in the workshop.
UNEP experts presented the participants the basic provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, shared information on BCH, as well as on its operation and conducted practical exercises for participants to review provided material. The workshop participants also had the opportunity to exchange views and ask experts questions.
Se realizó en Montevideo del 12 al 15 de noviembre de 2019, el X Encuentro Latinoamericano y del Caribe de Biotecnología Agropecuaria REDBIO Uruguay. El objetivo central de los Encuentros REDBIO es promover el desarrollo de biotecnologías seguras para la agricultura, seguridad alimentaria y la conservación de los recursos genéticos en América Latina y el Caribe; siendo en esta oportunidad el foco: "Mayor productividad agropecuaria con menor huella ambiental" More...
General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Republic of Turkey in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop in the context of the UN Environment - GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) between June 22-24, 2019, at Kızılcahamam/ANKARA. More...