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Republic of MoldovaRepublic of Moldova - Moldova - Awareness-building Seminar on mainstreaming biosafety into national policies for policy- and decision-makers
"The Awareness-building Seminar on mainstreaming biosafety into national policies" for policy- and decision-makers has been held on 16 September 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova. The Seminar has been organized by the Ministry of Environment of Moldova, Biosafety Office within the planned activities of the CBD/CPB/UNEP project, entitled “Capacity-building to promote integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level” in the Republic of Moldova. More...
BelarusBelarus - Seminar on the International Technical Assistance Project of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 22 July 2016
As a part of the project “Capacity-building to promote integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level” on 22 July 2016 the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, vested with functions of the National Co-ordination Biosafety Centre, with support of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus hosted a Seminar.
In the discussion of issues related to legislative regulations and activity efficiency in the area of Safety in Genetic Engineering Activity, as well as on raising awareness of individuals involved in establishing of a strategic course and decision-making, the representatives of organizations that belong to different departmental subordinations and the activity of which is related to biosafety issues in the Republic of Belarus, took part in it. Presentations of the speakers that provided an analytical overview and the Summary of the Seminar  are available on the Website of the National Co-ordination Biosafety Centre of the Republic of Belarus at the following webpage: http://biosafety.org.by/node/27828.
LiberiaLiberia - Liberia Dedicates GMO Detection Laboratory
Liberia reached a major  milestone in its efforts to put in place a functional Biosafety system when it dedicated on  26 August 2016 a modern GMO detection laboratory with support from UNEP-GEF. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsA first step towards the implmentation of the CPB in the Kingdom of Bahrain
Manama, 8 September 2016 - Bahrain hosted its first national workshop on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at the Downtown Rotana Hotel. Stakeholders were invited to participate in the development of Bahrain’s Third National Report to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.  The workshop main aim was to assess the state of biosafety and the existing administrative and regulatory frameworks governing the import of agricultural crops, feed and food for processing in the Kingdom of Bahrain. More...
MexicoMexico - Séptima edición del Día de Puertas Abiertas
Con el propósito de continuar facilitando espacios de intercambio de información con la sociedad sobre el uso de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (OGMs) en México mediante las acciones que lleva a cabo la CIBIOGEM, a través de sus instancias competentes y de su Secretaría Ejecutiva, hacemos la invitación para participar en nuestro "Día de Puertas Abiertas" que se llevará a cabo el día 9 de septiembre del 2016 de 9:00 a 14:30 hrs en las instalaciones de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM ubicada en San Borja, número 938, esquina con Heriberto Frías, colonia Del Valle, C.P.03100, Ciudad de México. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsCaribbean Regional Biosafety Project - Sensitisation workshop on biosafety for customs and plant quarantine officers.
The Regional Biosafety Project hosted a sensitisation workshop on biosafety for customs and plant quarantine officers from project countries, from 16 – 17 August 2016 in Guyana, with participation from 11 countries. More...
EcuadorEcuador - Evaluación de la Implementación del Plan Estratégico del Protocolo de Cartagena
Se cumplió la tercera mesa redonda para evaluar el estado de Implementación del Plan Estratégico del Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología en el Ecuador. Los eventos mencionados se efectuaron en Guayaquil, Loja y Quito en el marco de la ejecución del Proyecto: "Construcción de capacidades para promover la implementación integral del Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología y la Convención sobre Diversidad Biológica a nivel nacional". More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsSensitisation workshop on biosafety, Barbados
As a follow-up activity to the policy workshop held from 19-20 May 2016 in Barbados, a sensitisation workshop was held from 5-6 July 2016. More...
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Korea BCH, ‘2015 LMOs Key Statistics’ Announcement
 Korea BCH reported ‘2015 LMOs Statistics’ on its biosafety website (http://www.biosafety.or.kr)

 Every year, under The Act on Transboundary Movements of Living Modified Organisms and Other Related Matters (LMO Act), Korea Biosafety Clearing House publicly releases ‘LMOs Key Statistics,’ the collection and analysis of domestic data regarding LMOs.

 The most notable fact in ‘2015 LMOs Key Statistics’ is that the imported quantity of food and agriculture purpose LMOs continued to exceed 10 million ton after it did for the first time last year.

 In 2015, the imported quantity of food and agriculture purpose LMOs reached approximately 10.24 million ton (agricultural purpose 79%, food purposes 21%) which worth about 2.36 billion dollars. Although the amount has decreased by 5 percent (0.58 million ton) from the year before, it stayed above 10 million ton.

 The remarkable amount of importation is assessed to be caused by the consistently high level of corn inventory held by food and feed companies, continued from 2014, as well as the slight increase in the actual output of assorted feed in 2015. The imported amount in 2016 is expected to be similar to the quantity from 2015, as there is a prospection that the actual output of assorted feed will stay at a similar level.

 In terms of the approved amount of LMOs to import for food and agricultural purposes in other countries, Brazil had 3.79 million ton (37%), and the U.S. had 3.69 million ton (36%)

 The other information also included in LMO-related Statistics:

 (R&D) There was a total of 2,163 cases of LMOs reported for domestic import in 2015 for the purpose of R&D, which showed a 50% increase from 2014.  Also, the number of notice on exported LMOs significantly increased from before, totaling 158. These expansions are considered to be caused by the increased awareness of domestic law among researchers followed by ongoing educational programs and promotions performed by related agencies.

 (LMO awareness) According to the results of the KBCH’s LMO awareness survey conducted on 600 male and female adults nationwide in November 2015, Koreans’ awareness on LMOs was 83.5 percent, which slightly decreased from 2014 by 1.2 percent. While the majority believed that the stricter regulation is needed for labeling system (89%), importation (88.5%), handling/distribution (87.8%), and R&D (82.2%), there were stronger agreement on utilizing LMO technologies on medical/pharmaceutical (82.2%) and bioenergy (79%).