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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsCaribbean Biosafety Risk Communication Workshop
During the period 25-27 October 2016, a workshop to address the issue of “Risk Communication for GMOs” was hosted by the Regional Biosafety Project in Tobago. This workshop, which was facilitated by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), sought to enhance the skills, knowledge and capacity of key personnel with the regulatory system to communicate effectively about the potential risks from GMOs. The target group for the workshop therefore included persons involved in decision-making and a representative from either the Ministry of Agriculture or the Ministry of the Environment, involved in communication. In addition to examining the key issues and challenges to risk communication in selected countries and how these are being addressed in a cost effective but efficient manner, participants were exposed to the principles of risk communication, and the importance of using simple, clear language in the formulation of fact sheets to address common misconceptions about GMOs. The workshop was highly interactive and made use of hands-on exercises in breakout group sessions.