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Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - LMO Workshop for Bhutan Officials on Biosafety and Safety Management by Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative
The Korea Biosafety Clearing House held a workshop for LMO safety management from April 21-24 for 10 government officials of Bhutan, titled, “LMO Workshop on Biosafety and Safety Management by the Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative”.  This seminar was the first safety management workshop based on the “Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative” proposed by Korea at the 7th Cartagena Protocol Meeting of the Parties of last year.

The Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative shall be broken down into Biosafety Clearing House information sharing; LMO safety management (led by Korea); hazard assessment and management; detection and identification (led by SCBD).  From 2015 to 2020 for a total of 6 years, this Initiative shall be implemented for improvement of the Parties’ Protocol Implementation Capacity.  This year’s LMO safety management workshop was conducted for the civil servants of Bhutan, while at the end of the year, a Biosafety Clearing House capacity building workshop shall be held for approximately 20 countries.

At this LMO safety management workshop, 10 officials from Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture participated, including Vice-Minister Tenzin Dhendup, and Director General Karma Dorji.  This seminar was prepared to 1) introduce Korea’s safety management system for safe usage and management of LMOs, 2) share not only the development status and research safety management conditions of LMOs, but also real examples of experience to date regarding inspection and detection methodology, so that 3) major national case examples of biosafety system building for Bhutan could be provided, and 4) the network for information sharing with Bhutan that has existed since last year can be developed further.  For such purposes, presentations were conducted by related ministries and agencies regarding Korea’s LMO management system and R&D status.  Onsite visits were also made to harbors, etc.

Bhutan currently imports a lot of agricultural goods, and LMO safety and safety management have surfaced as important issues.  Shortly, a law related to LMOs is planned for legislation, and efforts are being made to proceed with more policy research. Through this year’s workshop, the Bhutan delegation was able to observe Korea’s case examples, which it said would prove to be quite helpful in building their national system going forward.

KBCH plans to hold another LMO safety management workshop at the second half of this year, while it will have several more opportunities of its kind by 2020.
MalaysiaMalaysia - Consultation Workshop for the Final Draft Report of the Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress for Damage Caused by LMOs, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 31 March 2015
The Department of Biosafety Malaysia had conducted a consultation workshop for the final draft report of the Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress for Damage Caused by LMOs. The workshop that was held on 31 March 2015 in Kuala Lumpur has attracted more than 60 participants representing various agencies and institutions.

The Study on the Establishment of a Regulatory Framework for Liability and Redress is carried out by the Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law (CEBLAW), University Malaya and aimed to suggest viable options for the establishment of a regulatory framework for liability and redress for damage caused by living modified organisms (LMOs) in Malaysia. This study started by setting out Malaysia’s obligations under the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as they relate to the development of such a regulatory framework. An assessment and gap analysis of the existing statute and common law in Malaysia were also carried out, in order to determine the extent to which the current law is capable of addressing damage caused by LMOs in the manner required by the Supplementary Protocol as well as to identify any gaps in the current law. It then setting out the substantive legal issues that need to be addressed by any such regulatory framework, and to provide an overview of the manner in which these issues have been dealt with by existing liability and redress frameworks in jurisdictions. The study will conclude by presenting several options for implementing a regulatory framework for liability and redress for damage caused by LMOs within Malaysia’s existing legal framework, highlighting the advantages and drawbacks of each.

Three consultations have been conducted respectively with the Federal Government departments and agencies on 13 January 2015; the Sabah State Government on 23 January 2015; and the Sarawak State Government on 19 March 2015 to get their comments on the first draft report of the study.
MexicoMexico - PARTICIPANTES - SEGUNDO CURSO REGIONAL PARA EL FORTALECIMIENTO DE CAPACIDADES EN BIOSEGURIDAD DE ORGANISMOS GENÉTICAMENTE MODIFICADOS 2015
La Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) en consideración de la importancia de la cooperación internacional en el fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas entre países de la Región Latinoamericana, recibe de 10 países a 30 funcionarios para participar en el " Segundo Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados 2015" que se realizará del 23 al 27 de marzo de 2015 en la Ciudad de México.

El curso está dirigido a funcionarios gubernamentales de la Región interesados en el tema de bioseguridad, particularmente en los aspectos científicos, técnicos y jurídicos.

Adicionalmente, se contará con la participación de ocho funcionarios nacionales y dos estudiantes en calidad de participantes, así como con la colaboración de 38 funcionarios de las instancias que integran la CIBIOGEM en calidad de ponentes.
Iran (Islamic Republic of)Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Theoritical and practical Workshop on BCH Capacity building
Due to the importance of Biosafety Clearing House for successful and effective implementation of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and in order to familiarize different stakeholders with BCH, Iran National Focal Point (NFP) organized a two days workshop on BCH Capacity building from 12 to 13 March 2015 in Kelardasht.
Dr. Ghareyazie (NFP) introduced the history of Protocol and provisions of CPB and Mrs. Nasrin Esmaeilzadeh (BCH focal point) introduced different sections of BCH central portal, including how to find and register information. National BCH also was introduced. Second day of the workshop was practical and participants could get access to BCH central portal and were asked to find different information from BCH.
Also, participants could get involved in helpful discussions related to the challenges of  biosafety.  
At the end, participants thanked NFP for organizing and performing this workshop and stressed the need of continuity of this kind of workshops.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Announcement of LMOs Statistics for 2014, Korea
The Korea Biosafety Clearing House announced the“LMOs Statistics for 2014”to the public, a collection of various data on development to consumption of LMOs, which encompasses domestic LMO R&D, Risk assessment, importing, public awareness and overseas planting. “LMOs Statistics for 2014”are compiled and disclosed to the public each year, and are based on various data related to LMOs that are delivered to the Korea Biosafety Clearing House by government agencies according to the “Transboundary Movement of Living Modified Organisms Act”. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House News7th meeting of the IOBC-WPRS working group "GMO's in Integrated Plant Production" in Sofia, 1-3 June 2015
The IOBC-WPRS working group “GMO’s in Integrated Plant Production” is holding its 7th meeting 1-3 June 2015 at the AgroBioInstitute in Sofia, Bulgaria. The organizers welcome participants and contributions from scientists from academic institutions, regulatory agencies, and the private sector. Covered topics include ecological impacts of GMO's, value of GM plants for integrated production, biotechnology in the Black Sea Region, and GM insects for agricultural applications. The deadline for abstract submission and early registration is 31 March 2015. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPERÚ - Simposio Latinoamericano: "Domesticación y manejo de recursos genéticos"
La Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM) y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) tienen el agrado de invitarlo al Simposio Latinoamericano: "Domesticación y manejo de recursos genéticos" que se llevará a cabo del 9 al 11 de julio de 2015 en el campus de la UNALM (Lima, Perú). 

El simposio contará con: i. Charlas magistrales; ii. Ponencias orales; y, iii. Presentación de carteles. Los puntos (i) y (ii) serán realizados por expositores invitados de diferentes países; para el punto (iii), esta actualmente abierta la convocatoria para la recepción de resúmenes que serán presentados durante el simposio en formato cartel. Para conocer más sobre las características del resumen a enviar y/o el costo de inscripción como asistente, favor de ingresar a la pagina web del simposio: https://sdomrrgg.wix.com/sdomrrgg-1
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GuatemalaGuatemala - TALLER DIVERSIDAD GENÉTICA DE MAÍZ EN GUATEMALA: Estado de su conocimiento y su actualización
El pasado 10 y 11 de febrero se llevó a cabo este taller en la ciudad de Guatemala, dirigido a investigadores, académicos y empleados de las diferentes autoridades nacionales competentes en el tema de bioseguridad, con la finalidad de conocer el estado actual de la diversidad genética del maíz en Guatemala. More...
MalaysiaMalaysia - Seminar and Workshop on Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Crops Containing Stacked Traits, Kuala Lumpur, 5 February 2015
The Department of Biosafety Malaysia together with the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Southeast Asia had organized a seminar and workshop on Food and Feed Safety of Genetically Engineered Crops Containing Stacked Traits on 5th February 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

This event was timely as it provided an avenue to review the issues related to stacked events taking into consideration recent breeding developments and challenges faced to conduct a more robust but effective risk assessment of these stacked events. For this purpose, two experts from Australia were brought in to share their views and experience in conducting safety assessments of stacked events. The two resource persons were Dr. Andrew Bartholomaeus and Dr. Philip Larkin. To complement the discussion with our local perspective, there were also two Malaysian experts in the panel for the question and answer session. Prof. Helen Nair, who is an expert appointed to the National Biosafety Board and Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, who is the Chairperson of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) joined the distinguished panel for the benefit of a holistic discussion to provide useful insight to better understand these issues related to risk assessment of stacked genes.

It was a great turn out of about 50 participants comprising of the National Biosafety Board members, GMAC members, researchers from both public and private research institutes and universities, policy makers and some researchers from private companies who were involved in modern biotechnology.
MexicoMexico - Segundo Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados
La Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) en consideración de la importancia de la cooperación internacional en el fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas entre países de la Región Latinoamericana, convoca a participar en el "Segundo Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados 2015" que se realizará del 23 al 27 de marzo de 2015 en la Ciudad de México.

Le informamos que el registro se encontrará abierto del 30 de enero al 27 de febrero. El número de participantes está limitado a 20 funcionarios.
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