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MexicoMexico - Resultados del proyecto financiado por el FONDO CIBIOGEM: Percepciones y actitudes de la población urbana Mexicana sobre la producción y consumo de los organismos genéticamente modificados
Se presenta el Informe Final del proyecto: “Percepciones y actitudes de la población urbana mexicana sobre la producción y consumo de los organismos genéticamente modificados” (convenio: 000000000233174), financiado por la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM).
Se abordan las percepciones y actitudes de la población urbana mexicana sobre los productos transgénicos en general  y por nivel de estudios, grupos de edad, género y sector donde trabajan, así como detalles de la validación del instrumento de medición.

Proyecto elaborado por: Dr. Osval Antonio Montesinos López, Investigador de la Universidad de Colima

Palabras clave: percepciones, actitudes, organismos genéticamente modificados, población urbana mexicana.
MexicoMexico - CONVOCATORIA - "Tercer Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados 2016"
La CIBIOGEM tiene el agrado de convocar a servidores públicos de los países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe a participar en el "Tercer Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados 2016" que se realizará en la Ciudad de México del 14 al 18 de marzo de 2016.
El objetivo de esta colaboración internacional es permitir el intercambio de experiencias y capacidad técnica de nuestras Autoridades Nacionales Competentes e instituciones relacionadas.
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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsAn Aarhus Convention/CBD checklist
A checklist of key measures required for ratifying and implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Article 23) and the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment has been prepared pursuant to the conclusions by the Chair of the joint Aarhus Convention/CBD round table in October 2013. Please visit the Portal on Public Awareness at http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/portal_art23/pa_main.shtml
BelarusBelarus - Workshop for Experts of the Republic of Belarus Ensuring the Safety in Genetic Engineering Activity, December 23
The workshop for experts of the Republic of Belarus involved in ensuring the safety in genetic engineering activity was held 23 December 2015 with support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and UNEP-GEF in preparation of the Third National Report on the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the Republic of Belarus on the basis of the State Scientific Institution «Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus» functioning as the National Сoordination Biosafety Centre. Presentations of speakers are on the web site of the National Coordination Biosafety Centre: http://biosafety.org.by/seminar_23-12-2015.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Seminar for GM animals
The “18th LMO Forum – International Seminar” (hereafter referred to as “Seminar”), organized by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House (KBCH, Director Ho-Min Jang, http://www.biosafety.or.kr) and sponsored by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy was held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 10: 30am at the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton, Seoul.

□ (Purpose of Seminar) GM technology is not staying at soybeans, corn, canola and other plants, but commercially expanding to insects, fish and animals. The purpose of this seminar was to share with the public the current status and outlook for genetically modified animals, and to hold a general discussion on the potential benefits and risks of GM Animals.


□ (Contents of Seminar)

- (Fish) Along with the status and outlook of the development of GM fish domestically and abroad (presented by Dr. Yoon Kown Nam of Pukyong University), which includes ornamental fish, salmon and carp, there was a comprehensive presentation on environmental hazard assessment and safety management for fast growing salmon (Dr. Devlin of  Fisheries and Oceans Canada.)

- (Insects) There were also presentations on the history and research trends of GM insects used for pest control in agriculture and health and medical areas (Dr. Ohseok Kwon, Kyungbuk University); status on commercialization of GM insects by Oxitec, with focus on mosquitoes for the prevention of dengue fever (Dr. Camilla Beech of Oxitec); and development and commercialization strategy for GM silkworms for the purpose of producing fluorescent strings and useful material(Dr. Natuo Komoto, National Institute of Agrobiological Science, Japan).

- (Mammals) In addition, presentations were conducted on the current status and outlook regarding animal improvement, and development/production of customized animals with focus on the medical sector (Dr. Goo Jang, Seoul Nat’l University), and development strategy for pigs with application of genetic scissors technology for the purpose of increasing production of meat (Dr. Xi-jun Yin, Yanbian University).


□ At the Seminar, there was an audience of about 200 persons, which included students, citizens groups, government, researcher and media. They all revealed both high expectations and concern regarding GM animals. 

- There was considerable interest in the level of elimination of dengue fever through GM mosquitoes, the potential for development of GM mosquitoes to reduce malaria, the possibility of using muscle-strengthened pigs for human intake, and the actual usefulness of GM silkworms.

- The audience had particular interest in GM salmon, with many concerns over the details and process of risk assessment in the U.S., possibility of infertility, and impact on ecosystem in case of escape.


□ The media, newspapers and Internet media, as well as broadcasting stations enthusiastically covering the news, also showed great interest in this seminar. There was particular concern over the possibility of GM salmon damaging the ecosystem, and high expectations regarding GM mosquitoes and their ability to prevent infectious diseases such as dengue fever or malaria.

□ For the purpose of effective communication on LMOs, KBCH have held a total of 18 LMO forum-based seminars from 2010, which includes this international seminar and two others, upon sponsorship from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

- Through such LMO forum-based seminars that promote public participation, KBCH is contributing to the enhancement of public awareness regarding LMOs and biosafety.  This international seminar in particular will enable the provision of a healthy discussion forum to promote the sound development of the domestic bioindustry with use of GM animals.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - GMO Communication Programs for Students
Based on an awareness that there is a difference in the interest levels and positions regarding LMOs among the social classes, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House conducted a GMO Communication Program for the various strata, students in particular, in order to heighten recognition and understanding of GMOs.

① High School Students
“Is the use of LMOs suitable for sustainable development?” was the key topic of this event, titled the 6th National Debate Competition on Biosafety and Bioindustry for High School Students.  A total of 101 teams (202 students, 2 per team) participated, and the main competition was held on July 30. Participants conducted multi dimensional and indepth discussion on the impact LMO usage that has on the various sectors of economy, society and the environment in terms of sustainable development.  Through a short survey toward participants, it turned out to help alleviate biases and anxieties regarding GMOs, and students revealed that their degree of understanding had been elevated.

② University Students
For six months, from April to September of this year, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House ran a team of reporters consisting of 10 university students, for the purpose of inspiring voluntary interest of university students, improving their knowledge on GMOs, and promoting public communication based on their innovative ideas.  The reporters organized and analyzed major GMO related issues, and made visits to related research centers and NGOs, conducting interviews and uploading the information on their blogs or SNS sites, to produce a total of 159 content creations.  What was unique about products by this group of reporters was that the topic and format of the content were diverse, and they were complete to perfection, enabling themselves to become very useful potential textbooks in future KBCH communication activities.

In the future, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House shall continue to provide more opportunities for communication so that a balanced awareness can be formed based on objective and scientific GMO information.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - The LMO Safety Management Workshop for Trainees from Bhutan
From October 5 to 30, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House conducted a Workshop regarding LMO safety management for two officials from the Bhutan government, titled “Training Program for LMO Detection and Policy-making.”  This seminar was the second Workshop regarding safety management for Bhutan trainees, which was in accordance with the ‘Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative’ proposed by Korea at the 7th Biosafety Protocol Conference of the Parties last year (COP-MOP 7), based on Korea’s years of experience in safety management of Living Modified Organisms.

At this LMO safety management Workshop, two members of BAFRA, an organization under Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, (Mr. Jambay Dorji, Ms. Tashi Yangzom) participated.  In order to increase the effectiveness and appropriateness, this Workshop consisted of customized training for each of the two participants.  It was planned to allow the participants to make direct visits to institutions in Korea pertaining to the work they are responsible for.  For the personnel in charge of laboratories, he was able to make a direct visit to the relevant university or government agency to develop capacity building in LMO detection and identification.  He was able to experience through direct experimentation the overall process from LMO sampling to DNA extraction and quantitative/qualitative analyses through use of PCR.  For the person in charge of law and systems, we introduced Korea’s LMO related laws and the safety management system, as well as food related laws and CODEX application cases, and conducted comparative studies with related laws in Bhutan.  Moreover, all participants made visits to several organizations so that they could review Korea’s LMO Risk assessment methodology and R&D status.

Going forward, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House shall use the Korea Initiative as a mechanism to provide major national examples to help cooperate with Asian countries to build a effective biosafety systems, and expand international cooperation in related areas such as ABS (Nagoya Protocol).

* The Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative shall be implemented with focus on BCH information sharing, LMO safety management (led by Korea), Risk assessment and management, and Detection and identification (led by SCBD).  It will be implemented from 2015 to 2020 for six years for the purpose of promoting the ability of Parties to implement the Protocol.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - The Forth Asia Regional Biosafety Clearing House Workshop
On November 17th to 20th, the Forth Asia Regional Biosafety Clearing House Workshop was held in Nanjing, China by the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences(NIES), the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, and co-hosted by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House(KBCH) and United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).

There were approximately 40 participants at this Workshop, which consisted of Biosafety Clearing House National Focal Points from 18 Asian countries as well as Regional Advisors, and personnel from South Korea, the UN Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, and China. To hold this Workshop the Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative and UN Environment Programme each assumed half of the costs, while China supplied local conveniences such as the conference site and field tour, etc. The countries that participated in the Workshop are as follows: Bangladesh, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Lao, Cambodia, Bhutan, India, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Korea, China.

At this Biosafety Clearing House Workshop, in order to assist the efficient implementation of the Biosafety Protocol by the participating nations, Regional Advisors conducted presentations* on the status of Biosafety Clearing House implementation and some countries conducted presentations as model examples. Each country shared updates on PAEP activities, and built inter-regional cooperative networks for information exchange. In addition, workshop attracted the interest of participants by holding an exhibition of posters and training materials to introduce the PAEP activities being conducted by each country. Of note, at this Workshop, an “Asia Biosafety Clearing House Roadmap” was established, which encompasses the Workshop goals and expected achievements for the 5 years up to 2020, Biosafety Clearing House and PAEP activities, cooperative networks and capacity building areas.
* Before beginning of the Workshop, a survey was conducted to assess the Biosafety Clearing House status of each country. The results were analyzed and shared to provide an opportunity to evaluate the BCH implementation level of one’s own country, and conceive various means for acquiring biosafety.

Participants engaged in heated discussions to complete the final Roadmap, which resulted in the final closing ceremony on the last day starting 6 hours after the originally planned time.
By preparing the Biosafety Clearing House Roadmap, participants could establish the direction for conduct of the BCH Workshop until 2020, and strengthen the spirit of the Asia BCH Family.
MexicoMexico - Taller Participativo en Preparación del Tercer Informe Nacional sobre la Implementación del Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología del Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica
En respuesta a la notificación SCBD/BS/CG/ABw/84181 del 22 de mayo de 2015, se organizó un proceso participativo para socializar la información de bioseguridad y recopilar las opiniones de varios actores nacionales con el propósito de enriquecer la elaboración del Tercer Informe Nacional, y dar cumplimiento a las decisiones BS-VII/3 y BS-VII/14 de la Conferencia de las Partes (COP-MOP), atendiendo la recomendación de las Partes sobre la preparación del reporte a través de un proceso de consulta que involucre, como éstas consideren apropiado, a actores relevantes. More...
UruguayUruguay - Taller 7: Análisis de Inocuidad de Alimentos Genéticamente Modificados. Proyecto FAO TCP/URU/3403: "Fortalecimiento de la capacidad nacional en bioseguridad de la biotecnología para la producción agrícola sustentable"
Del 21 al 22 de octubre de 2015 se realizó en Montevideo el Taller sobre Análisis de Inocuidad de Alimentos Genéticamente Modificados. Esta actividad se enmarca en el Proyecto FAO/MGAP de "Fortalecimiento de la capacidad nacional en bioseguridad de la biotecnología para la producción agrícola sustentable" More...
TogoTogo - Atelier d’identification des compétences scientifiques pour la mise en place du comité scientifique et technique de biosécurité
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du Programme Régional de Biosécurité de l’UEMOA (PRB-UEMOA), l’autorité Nationale Compétente de Biosécurité du Togo, le Ministère de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, a organisé du 22 au 23 octobre 2015 à Lomé, un atelier d’identification des compétences scientifiques pour la mise en place du comité scientifique et technique de biosécurité. Cet atelier a pour objectif de déceler les compétences scientifiques nationales nécessaires pour la mise sur pied dudit comité. Il a rassemblé une trentaine de participants de spécialités diversifiées issus des deux Universités du Togo, des Instituts de recherche et de vulgarisation, des laboratoires étatiques d’analyse et de contrôle.
Les communications ont porté sur :
- Introduction aux concepts de base des biotechnologies ;
- Instruments juridiques internationaux en matière de biosécurité ;
- Dispositifs institutionnel et administratif de biosécurité au Togo ;
- Le rôle du comité scientifique et technique dans le dispositif de biosécurité ;
- Principes d’évaluation et gestion des risques biotechnologiques ;
- Echange et compilation des compétences scientifiques disponibles ;
- Mécanisme du Centre d’échange sur la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques   (CPERB).
TogoTogo - Atelier de renforcement des capacités des agents chargés du contrôle des frontières et des opérateurs économiques
Du 03 au 04 septembre 2015, s’est tenu à Lomé, un atelier de renforcement des capacités des agents du contrôle des frontières et des opérateurs économiques. Cet atelier est organisé par le Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, Autorité Nationale Compétente de Biosécurité du Togo. Il a pour objectif principal de présenter aux agents de contrôle et aux opérateurs économiques, les exigences du Protocole de Cartagena sur la documentation et l’identification des produits génétiquement modifiés, des techniques et méthodologies qui peuvent être utilisées en vue du respect de ces exigences. L’atelier a connu la participation d’une trentaine de personnes dont les douaniers, les policiers, les forestiers, les agents de contrôle phytosanitaire et vétérinaire et les opérateurs économiques. Il fait partie d’une série d’ateliers organisés dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du Programme Régional de Biosécurité de l'UEMOA (PRB-UEMOA).
Les thèmes développés sont :
-généralités sur la biotechnologie ;
-enjeux et évolution des biotechnologies dans le monde ;
-points saillants du protocole de Cartagena et du protocole additionnel Nagoya Kuala-Lumpur ;
-avancées du Togo en matière de biosécurité ;
-exigences d’emballage et d’étiquetage des produits OGM dans le cadre des mouvements transfrontaliers ;
-problématique de l’identification des cargaisons d’OGM et des exigences sur la documentation ;
-point sur le centre d’échange sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (CEPRB).
TogoTogo - Atelier de sensibilisation des acteurs locaux sur les dispositifs nationaux de biosécurité
Dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre du Programme Régional de Biosécurité de l'UEMOA (PRB-UEMOA), le Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forstières, Autorité Nationale Compétente de Biosécurité du Togo, a organisé du 21 août au 12 septembre 2015, des ateliers de sensibilisation des acteurs locaux sur les dispositifs nationaux de biosécurité dans les cinq régions économiques du pays. L’objectif de ces ateliers est de vulgariser les efforts du gouvernement togolais en matière de biosécurité et de partager avec les différents acteurs nationaux les actions entreprises par l’UEMOA au niveau de la sous-région ouest africain en matière de prévention des risques biotechnologiques.
Ces ateliers ont regroupé des acteurs relevant de différentes structures techniques (l’environnement, l’agriculture, la santé, la recherche, les collectivités territoriales), le réseau des ONG, les chefs traditionnels et les comités de développement villageois.
Les communications ont porté essentiellement sur les thèmes suivants :
- généralités sur la biotechnologie ;
- évolution des biotechnologies dans le monde et dans la sous-région ouest africaine ;
- point sur le protocole de Cartagena sur la biosécurité ;
- point sur le protocole additionnel Kuala Lumpur sur la responsabilité et la réparation ;
- programme régional de biosécurité de l’UEMOA (PRB-UEMOA) ;
- avancées du Togo en matière de biosécurité ;
- participation du public en matière de prise de décision ;
- centre d’échange sur la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (BCH).
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de sensibilisation des régulateurs sur le cadres national de biosécurité
L'Autorité nationale Biosécurité du Sénégal a organisé à Dakar, les 10 et et 11 novembre 2015, un atelier de sensibilisation et de partage sur le cadre national de biosécurité. Financée par l'UEMOA, cette rencontre de renforcement des capacités est destinée aux régulateurs nationaux en matière de biosécurité (membres de l'Autorité national et Comité national de Biosécurité).
Quatre principales sessions ont marqué les travaux. Il s'agit respectivement des thèmes suivants :
- Biotechnologies modernes, sécurité alimentaire et contribution à l’adaptation au changement Climatique ;
- Introduction au BCH (présentation du BCH et partage sur des éléments d'orientation pour rendre fonctionnel le BCH national) ;
- Analyse du cadre règlementaire national de biosécurité et du fonctionnement des organes de régulation la biosécurité au Sénégal ;
- Sources et mécanismes classiques de financement, mécanismes innovants et partenariat : quels mécanismes pour un financement durable du cadre national de biosécurité ?