UNEP announced the release of a new series of training videos, developed under the UNEP-GEF BCH III Project, in close cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective is to build capacity on using the new Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) platform and assist parties in complying with their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and relevant COP-MOP decisions.
Further to decisions CP-VIII/2 and CP-9/2 of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the development of the new BCH platform - including the testing process - is currently underway. While the formal launch of the new platform by the Secretariat of the CBD is planned for later this year, the BCH III Project Team believes that these videos will help users to already familiarize themselves and explore the new platform’s many capabilities.
In that regard, the videos are material designed to bridge the transition from the current platform to the new one. It is important to note that the current platform will remain fully operational until the testing of the new platform is completed and the migration of all records is finalized.
These 3 videos are concise (total duration 45 min) and split into modules to explore more on the topics that interest you. They can be accessed in English and in French, at the BCH III Project Virtual Learning Environment at https://bch3-vle.unep.org/course/view.php?id=97#section-1 and cover the following topics:
12 min - Roles and functions of the BCH
- BCH importance and benefits;
- The various categories of information available in the BCH.
- The BCH and the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
- Brief overview of the transition from the old to new BCH Central Portal and the imperative for the changes
18 min Introduction - Introduction to publishing information on the new platform
Module 1 - Why do we publish information on the BCH?
- The different roles of BCH users, and
- The categories of information records on the BCH
Module 2 - How to register as a General user on the BCH?
Module 3 - How to use the BCH management center and dashboard to register and edit information on the BCH?
- The new improvements to the management center.
15 min Introduction - Introduction to surfing and finding information on the new platform
Module 1 - The new BCH platform features that can be found on all of the BCH web pages.
Module 2 - The features that can be found on the homepage and the first two sections listed in the horizontal navigation bar of the BCH named ‘About’ and ‘Protocol.’
Module 3 - How to get information through the ‘Search’ section and be familiarized with the common features of its pages using a case study?
Module 4 - The features that can be found on the ‘Country Profile’ section in the horizontal navigation bar of the BCH
The Russian and Spanish versions are now being finalized and will be released in the coming weeks.
We hope you enjoy watching them!
The BCH III Project Team