In the context of the UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III), on 2 & 3 July 2019, the 1st National Workshop, at Nassau, Bahamas was conducted.
The workshop was held at Synergy Learning Bahamas (an education institution with completely setup computer labs) and had the participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders from different sectors of the civil society, private industry, academy, national regulators from Agriculture, Forestry, Marine Ecosystems, Bureau of Standards and Customs.
The main objective of this workshop was to analyze the existing mechanisms for the effective use of the BCH, identifying the operating procedures established in the country for biosafety management and the corresponding existing training opportunities and needs. The aim is to establish effective links between the different interested parties and sectors while promoting active participation in existing regional biosafety collaboration networks.
Participants were trained on:
1) General Cartagena Protocol provisions and their implications for the country at all society levels;
2) The usage of BCH to help institutions and stakeholders to setup and operate an efficient biosafety framework and related procedures;
3) The available education resources provided by the BCH Projects (training materials and Virtual Learning Environment) and how to use them in different biosafety - related education or training programs;
4) Interaction and collaboration with the products developed by the Caribbean Biosafety Frameworks Implementation Project and the Caribbean Biosafety Portal; and
5) Usage of SCBD - developed tools (HERMES & AJAX) for building biosafety-aware websites.