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GrenadaGrenada - Grenada host second B.C.H training workshop 18th - 19th June 2019
Grenada is currently hosting the second of the National B.C.H. training workshop, as stakeholders from a wide cross section of organizations and government ministries gather for what will be two days of meaningful engagement.
The workshop is being held at the Grenada Boys secondary School in St.George,s.  Organizers from the ministry of agriculture are hoping to sensitize all stakeholders on key Biosafety issues and most importantly participants will learn how to efficiently use the BCH (Biosefty Clearing House).
MaliMali - Deuxième Atelier National sur le renforcement des capacités pour la participation effective au CEPRB
Le Mali, avec d'autres parties éligibles, a bénéficié d'un appui financier pour la mise en œuvre du projet BCH III. Il a déjà organisé le premier atelier en dates du 3-4 juillet 2018 à Bamako sous la facilitation du Conseiller Régional Charles Kouassi Aubin. Le deuxième atelier est programmé en dates du 12-13 juin 2019. More...
EcuadorEcuador - Curso: Capacitación sobre análisis de riesgo para organismos genéticamente modificados (OGM) y productos de nuevas técnicas de mejoramiento genético (NBT)
El Ministerio del Ambiente (MAE), con apoyo del Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura IICA Ecuador y ONU Ambiente, se encuentra desarrollando el proyecto de “Implementación del Marco Nacional de Bioseguridad del Ecuador bajo el Programa de Bioseguridad”, en el cual se realiza talleres de capacitación de alto impacto que generen información relevante para el proyecto. El curso de “Capacitación sobre análisis de riesgo para organismos genéticamente modificados (OGM) y productos de nuevas técnicas de mejoramiento genético (NBT)”, tiene como objetivo capacitar en criterios regulatorios para la gestión de productos agrícolas biotecnológicos. Se fortaleció capacidades técnicas de los asistentes al desarrollar simulaciones de evaluación de riesgo de OGMs y productos obtenidos a partir de técnicas de biotecnología moderna; generando un análisis profundo entre científicos y profesionales nacionales y extranjeros.

El evento se realizó los días 20, 21 y 22 de mayo en la ciudad de Quito, en donde se abordaron temas como: marco regulatorio de OGMs, evaluación de riesgos de productos biotecnológicos, estrategias de comunicación con la ciudadanía, nuevas técnicas de mejoramiento genético; casos de estudio de evaluación de riesgos (soja y maíz); identificación de valores a proteger para Ecuador, entre ellos: biodiversidad, inocuidad alimentaria, salud animal y humana, análisis de riesgo ecológico, riesgos del flujo genético en cultivos, entre otros.

El taller fue dirigido por una delegación de la Secretaría de Gobierno de Agroindustria pertenecientes al Gobierno de Argentina, quienes socializaron conceptos, técnicas, normas jurídicas y experiencias en torno a la evaluación de riesgos de productos biotecnológicos agrícolas. El seminario convocó a más de 30 participantes entre académicos, investigadores y profesionales relacionados con el mejoramiento genético de especies.

Algunas de las conclusiones más importantes se encaminaron al futuro de la investigación para potenciar la economía del país y proteger valores nacionales de interés común. Es necesario fomentar la investigación y desarrollo agrícola en el Ecuador tomando en cuenta diversas técnicas de mejoramiento genético; para esto se debe crear comisiones evaluativas de riesgo de productos biotecnológicos basados en regulaciones y normativas expedidas en las que participe instituciones, academia y la ciudadanía. 

La organización de este seminario fue desarrollada por el Ministerio del Ambiente del Ecuador (MAE) y apoyado por el IICA; y contó también con la participación del Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG), Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP),  Ministerio de Producción, Comercio Exterior, Inversiones y Pesca (MPCEIP), Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT), Agrocalidad, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO), Agencia Nacional de Regulación, Control y Vigilancia Sanitaria (ARCSA), Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSPI), Instituto Nacional Autónomo de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIAP), Universidad Regional Amazónica (IKIAM), Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) y PRONACA
MongoliaMongolia - BCHIII Second National Workshop was held on 15-17 May 2019, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Mongolia’s Second National Workshop  was held on 15-17 May 2019 in Ulaanbaatar.  The workshop was organized by National Biosafety Committee and Mongolian Biotechnology Association within the contaxt of the UNEP-GEF Project Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCHIII.
There were 30 participants all from the Mongolian General Agency for Specialized Inspection, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry and University of Agriculture. Participants to this workshop included  Government representatives with responsibilities for implementing th Biosafety Protocol, as well as experts in the field of genetic engineering and biotechnology, etc.
The participants were indeed key stakeholders, and they had clear understanding of how to make Mongolia’s BCH run, but since this was their first time to encounter the BCH, most of them indicated (through the discussions, comments and the group work results) that more capacity-building and public awareness is needed to help their office and other stakeholders have proper understanding of LMOs and the use of the BCH. Second Workshop facilitated by Mr. Edmund  Revilla (Regional Advisor).
S.Bayarkhuu Ph.D
NFP CBP, BCH http://www.biosafety.mn
Coordinator, Asia BCH Family BCH Roadmap http://www.asiabchfamily.org
KazakhstanKazakhstan - Second National Workshop on BCH, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan’s Second National Workshop was held on 18-19 April, in Astana. More...
United Republic of TanzaniaUnited Republic of Tanzania - Tanzania BCH III First National Workshop 10-11 March 2019
The Tanzania BCH III First National Workshop si scheduled for 10-11 March 2019. This workshop is organized by the Govrnment of the United republic of Tanzania in collaboration with the UN Environment-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH and the Biotechnology Society of Tanzania. The workshop includes national competent authorities and other stakeholders. The workshop aims at building capacity of all stakeholders in  finding and registering information on the BCH More...
ZimbabweZimbabwe - Zimbabwe Second BCH Workshop
The National Biotechnology Authority in collaboration with the UN-Environment organized the Second BCH Workshop on the Use of BCH Information and BCH Capacity - building n in the context of the UN Environment - GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III).

Welcoming notes were given by Professor Florence Mtambanengwe, the Board Chairperson for the NBA. The workshop was officially opened by the Professor Fanuel Tagwira, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development. The government of Zimbabwe gave its support to the prestigious the workshop as it provided important information for government decisions on the application of Living Modified Organisms.

The two-days workshop from 2 to 3 April 2019 was conducted in HPC, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from different governmental institutions and aimed to:
a) Define procedure or mechanisms to flow information onto the BCH
b) Enhance the national Capacity to use the BCH Central Portal to find and register information
Lao People's Democratic RepublicLao People's Democratic Republic - The 5th Meeting of the Informal Consultative Committee of the Asia Biosafety Clearing House Family, Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR, 25-27 March 2019
The 5th Meeting of the Informal Consultative Committee of the Asia Biosafety Clearing House Family (ICC-ABF) was held on 25-27 March 2019 in Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR. Jointly organized by Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR and Korea Biosafety Clearing House, Korea.

The participants from 7 countries of the region namely Cambodia, India, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia and Philippine, and 1 agency as UNEP participated in the meeting. 

The main objective of the meeting is to updates and review on the status of the Asia BCH Roadmap, the way forward of the Asia BCH Family and the finalization of the post 2020 regional project proposal.
BelarusBelarus - Third BCH III Workshop in Belarus
The Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus organized the Third BCH Workshop on the Use of BCH Information and BCH Capacity - building Sustainability Beyond Project’s Duration in the context of the UN Environment - GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III). During the two-days workshop from 18 to 19 March 2019 in Minsk, Belarus it was demonstrated how the BCH information and BCH know-how on living modified organisms, data on risk assessment of LMOs, national records, reference records, libraries of scientific data and methodological literature, BCH training materials, virtual learning environment (VLE), and other sources of information presented on BCH can be utilized by national educational institutions including schools and universities and other stakeholders. More...
BotswanaBotswana - The need for Biosafety towards ensuring conservation of the plant genetic resources
Biosafety legislation is very important ensuring that the local plant genetic resources are protected More...