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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBiosafety Policy Workshop, Barbados
A biosafety policy workshop, co-ordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Drainage, was held from 19-20 May 2016 in Barbados. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBiosafety Information sharing meeting
Biosafety information sharing meeting held in Panama 16-18 May 2016. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsInvitation to Participate in the Survey to Collect Information on the Evaluation of the Programme of Work on Public Awareness, Education and Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
At COP-MOP 5, the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety adopted a programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) to facilitate the implementation of Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol and decided to review the programme of work at the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP) in the light of experiences gained by Parties.

The Secretariat has prepared a survey on the progress and suggestions regarding the necessary revision or revamping of the elements of the programme of work through the Biosafety Clearing-House. The survey is to gather information corresponding to indicators in the programme of work that could not be obtained from the third national reports.

In this regard, Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations are invited to provide the necessary information by responding to the survey questions as soon as possible but no later than 1 July 2016.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBarbados BCH national website design workshop
Barbados Workshop for analyzing and designing the national BCH website More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBahamas BCH national website design workshop
Bahamas Workshop for analyzing and designing the national BCH website More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBiosafety Protocol News - Issue 12
The twelfth issue of the biosafety newsletter - the Biosafety Protocol News - is now available. The theme is "Special Issue: Progress in Implementing the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2011-2020)". It features eight articles, including one from the Minister of the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway, Mr. Vidar Helgesen, on "Socio-Economic Considerations under the Protocol: Experiences and Lessons Learned from Western Europe"
PhilippinesPhilippines - Philippines Steps Up as Coordinator of Asia BCH Roadmap
TAGUIG CITY, PHILIPPINES - The Philippines affirmed its commitment to strengthen cooperation in Asia with regard to upholding the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety by taking the lead as Coordinator of the Asia Biosafety-Clearing-House (BCH) Road Map.

The Road Map, developed and approved by the Parties in Asia during an earlier Workshop in Nanjing, China in November 2015, outlines the targets in the next five years (2016-2020) focused on build capacity towards effective participation to the BCH, promote public awareness, education and information, and enhance regional networking and cooperation, which hopefully, if realized, shall bring the region a step closer to the vision of One Asia BCH family.

During a Workshop held at the Acacia Hotel in Alabang, Muntinupa on 5 to 7 April 2016, fellow Parties at the forefront of the initiative namely the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the People’s Republic of China, brainstormed and discussed in detail the subsequent steps to be undertaken to implement the Asia BCH Road Map, including the terms of reference (TOR) of the Road Map Coordinator for the period 2016 to 2017. A representative and consultants from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) were also present to provide guidance.

Among the agreements reached were the creation of an Informal Consultative Committee (ICC) composed of the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, and one representative each from the UNEP, SCBD and the Compliance Committee. The ICC shall serve as advisory body to promote and sustain the activities as embodied in the  Road Map.

An Asia BCH web portal, will be set  up and administered by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House (KBCH to facilitate access to and sharing of information among Parties in the region such as available trainings, resource materials for PAEP, announcements, and news on the Parties’ respective activities.

The COP-MOP 8 side event entitled: “A Successful BCH Asia Family ☺” will highlight the history and milestones achieved by the Asian region leading to the development of the Asia BCH Road Map. Other presentations shall include the Road Map to enhance regional cooperation and coordination mechanism to fully implement and sustain the activities beyond 2020.

With the vision of “One Asia BCH Family”, the member Parties in Asia eagerly look forward to kick-start the sustainable implementation of the activities in the Road Map.

Julieta Fe L. Estacio
Project Development Officer IV, DOST
Head Secretariat, NCBP/DOST Biosafety Committee
and National Focal Point, BCH Pilipinas
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPerú. Curso modular: Bioseguridad de los OVM en los ecosistemas productivos y su entorno
La Maestria en Ecologia Aplicada de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), el Centro de Investigaciones de Zonas Aridas (CIZA-UNALM) y la Coordinadora de Ciencia y Tecnologia en los Andes (CCTA) tienen el agrado de invitarlo al primer curso modular: Bioseguridad de los OVM en los ecosistemas productivos y su entorno, el cual se llevara a cabo del 9 al 13 de mayo de 2016 en el horario 18:00 a 21:00 horas en el campus de la UNALM (Lima, Perú). Este curso es realizado con el apoyo del proyecto MINAM-UNEP/GEF-UNOPS "Implementación del Marco Nacional de Bioseguridad en el Perú (IMNB-Perú)". More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPerú - Curso de postgrado modular: Domesticación, manejo y conservación in situ de recursos genéticos
La Maestria en Ecologia Aplicada de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) y el Posgrado en Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) tienen el agrado de invitarlo al curso de postgrado modular: Domesticación, manejo y conservación in situ de recursos genéticos que se llevara a cabo del 20 de junio al 8 de julio de 2016 en el campus de la UNALM (Lima, Perú). 

El curso consta de 4 módulos temáticos (Panorama de los recursos genéticos; procesos de domesticación de recursos genéticos; uso, manejo y conservación de recursos genéticos; y, perspectiva futura en el uso de los recursos genéticos). Ademas de las sesiones teóricas, el curso incluye una salida de campo, al interior del Perú, para desarrollar un trabajo de investigación. Mayores informes: ecologia_aplicada@lamolina.edu.pe o ccta@ccta.org.pe
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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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