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Lao People's Democratic RepublicLao People's Democratic Republic - Training on LMO Detection at Biotechnology and Ecology Institute, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, 08-18 July 2014
The training workshop was held on 08-18 July 2014.
There were over 10 participants in this training, including  
LMOs detection expert from Environment Agency Austria (Dr. Frank  Narendja) , and key stakeholder from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Ministry of Health, and National University of Laos.

Dr. Frank  Narendja facilitated and presented during the training. The presentations included the Introduction to LMOs, LMO-detection, LMO sampling, Analyze extraction, Qualitative detection of LMOs, Background information on web-information about GMOs and GMO detection, Expression of results and requirements for test report, Sampling on grains and seeds, field sampling, practical use of protein strip tests.

This training workshop has created a great opportunity to learn from GMOs detection expert’s experiences in order to further improve biosafety practices as well as GMOs detection in Lao PDR.
PhilippinesPhilippines - Greening of the Bench: Biosafety and the Law
“Biosafety and the Law Training Course”, a three-day training organized by the Program for Biosafety  Systems, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Science and Technology Biosafety Committee and the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Los Banos was held from 21-23 July 2014.

The objective of this training is to provide a systematic and organized set of information to Filipino lawyers, regulators and policy makers on the critical legal issues surrounding biotechnology and biosafety of Living Modified Organisms in order to guide them in their decision-making.

During the course, the participants were introduced to the concept of genetic engineering in crops and the extent of local and global adoption of transgenic crops, the concept of biosafety, which concerns efforts to minimize if not to totally  eliminate risks in the conduct of experiments on biotechnology. Also of equal importance, especially on the part of the policy makers and regulators was  a walk-through on the Philippine Biosafety regulations on LMO's, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its provisions, the Supplementary Protocol on liability and redress and the measures that the country need to put in place in order to comply with its provisions. Also discussed were the socio-economic considerations, compliance,  and enforcement of regulations, other treaties and international agreements that impact biosafety. The importance of transparency and public participation in the decision-making process were discussed, confidential business information in proposals and other critical legal issues relevant to biosafety regulation. Lastly, litigation/cases filed involving GM crops from around the world and their status were presented. The course will be first of a series of activities in the Philippines, aimed at creating awareness and providing science-based information to members of our legal system in what we called "Greening of the bench".  

Julieta Fe L. Estacio
Project Development Officer IV, DOST
Head Secretariat, National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines
and National Focal Point, BCH
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire - Atelier d'information et de sensibilisation sur la biotechnologie moderne et la biosécurité
Du 15 au 16 Juillet 2014, s’est tenu à Manhattan Suites Hôtels (Abidjan), un atelier d’information et de sensibilisation sur la biotechnologie moderne et la biosécurité, organisé par le Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Salubrité Urbaine et du Développement Durable, avec l’appui technique et financier de l’Institut du Sahel du Comité Permanent Inter Etats de Lutte contre la Sècheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS).
L’atelier a réuni une cinquantaine d’experts nationaux de l’administration publique, du secteur privé, du corps judiciaire et de la société civile.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsLIBERIA conduct bch workshop
Liberia EPA Biosafety unit completes training workshop on the 13,June 2014. this training involves the stakeholders. this training is very important because it  will empower all the members that are currently involved. More...
Lao People's Democratic RepublicLao People's Democratic Republic - Lao PDR - Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training Workshop, BEI, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, 16 -27 June 2014
The training workshop was held on 16 -27 June 2014. There were 40 participants in this training workshop, including Biosafety Expert from Environment Agency Austria (Dr. Michael Eckerstorfer) , and key stakeholder from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Agriculture and Forest, Ministry of Health, National Agriculture and Forest Research Centre and National University of Laos.

Dr. Michael Eckerstorfer, Biosafety Expert from Environment Agency Austria, presented during the workshops.

This training workshop has created a great opportunity to learn from Biosafety expert’s experiences as well as share and exchange ideas and knowledge concerning risk assessment and risk management to further improve Biosafety practices in Lao PDR.
MalaysiaMalaysia - National Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Seminar 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18-19 June 2014
This is the third year that the Department of Biosafety is having this National Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Seminar. These seminars are held annually to help equip IBCs, specifically Biosafety Officers to handle their roles and responsibilities in being compliant to the Biosafety Act in an effective manner. This year seminar with the theme “Institutional Biosafety Committees – Capacity Building” is aimed to provide guidance on:
1) requirements under the Malaysian Biosafety Act 2007;
2) how to monitor modern biotechnology activities through inspection of Genetically Modified Microorganism (GMM) facilities;
3) appropriate decontamination and disposal of wastes;
4) filling up the Notification Form (Form E);
5) identification of contained use activities that are exempted from the Biosafety Act; and
6) best practices on how to manage the IBC at the institutional level and share challenges

Participants of this seminar were mostly Biosafety Officers and IBC members who are actively involved in ensuring compliance to the Biosafety Act at their respective institutes. This seminar has created a great opportunity to network, share and learn from common experiences as well as exchange ideas to further improve biosafety practices in Malaysia.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsBCH NEWS
The workshop is about capacity of line ministries/agencies to identify their roles and responsibilities for handling, storing and exchange of information, including the use and updating of the BCH. The workshop brought together 20 participants from the ministries/agencies. The workshop was held at the Stella Maris Polytechnic Campus at the Capital Hill, Monrovia from 11-13 June 2014. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsLiberia's Conducts BCH Workshop
A three day intensive capacity building workshop for relevant Government Ministries and Agencies aimed at identifying their roles and responsibilities for the handling, storing and the exchange of information, including the use and updating the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH), a mechanism under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety through which Parties to the Protocol are required to exchange information on Living Modified Organisms (LMO) More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsLiberia BCH workshop capacity building
Liberia has had a workshop which commenced on the 11th of June thru the 13th 2014 on Biosafety clearing House held at the Stella Maris Tehnical University. The workshop's objective was to define and clearly spell out the roles of each institution represented. The participants were drilled through rigorous exercises like surfing the clearing house central portal, knowing the framework and Protocol of the cartegena protocol, guidelines and regulations and the like. Upon completion of the workshop, participants could ably surf through the BCH central portal with confidence> More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsLiberia conduct BCH workshop
Today, June 13, 2014 the BCH Liberia ended a three day training workshop held at the Stella Maris Polytechnic; on capitol hill, Monrovia, Liberia. The workshop brought together civil society organizations, GOL institutions, student grouping, religious groups etc . The workshop started on the 11th of June 2013. The facillator for this training workshop is Mr. Johansen Voker; the BCH focus person in Liberia empoyed at the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). By Lansana P. Fofana; participant representing the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs & Tourism. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsLiberia conducts BCH Training Workshop.
The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia conducted a Three day training workshop from June 11-13, 2014,  participants were drawn from various Government Ministries and Agencies.

TogoTogo - Lancement du rapport annuel 2013 de « International Service for Acquisition of Agri-biotechn Applications (ISAAA) » sur la situation mondiale des cultures commerciales génétiquement modifiées.
Le lancement du rapport annuel 2013 de l’ISAAA sur la situation mondiale des cultures  commerciales génétiquement modifiées a eu lieu à Lomé, le 08 mai 2014. L’objectif est de partager avec les journalistes, les chercheurs, les autorités et les responsables chargés des questions de biotechnologie et de biosécurité ainsi que la société civile, les connaissances sur la biotechnologie végétale et l’évolution de la commercialisation des cultures OGM dans le monde. Une vingtaine de participants ont pris part à cette rencontre. More...
TogoTogo - Atelier de validation de l'avant-projet de loi sur la sécurité en matière d'utilisation des biotechnologies modernes
Du 28 au 30 avril 2014 s'est tenu à Lomé l'atelier de validation de l'avant-projet de loi sur la sécurité en matière d'utilisation des biotechnologies modernes. Cet avant-projet de loi est la version révisée de la  loi N° 2009-001 du 06 janvier 2009 portant prévention des risques biotechnologiques. L'objectif de l'atelier est de recueillir les contributions et  recommandations des acteurs nationaux de biosécurité sur l'avant-projet de loi en vue d'avoir une loi consensuelle qui répond à l'assentiment de tous. More...
BeninBenin - Lancement officiel du rapport annuel 2013 de l'ISAAA, le 22 mai 2014
Comme l'année dernière, il a été procédé le jeudi 22 mai 2014, Journée Internationale sur la Diversité Biologique, au lancement officiel du rapport annuel 2013 sur la commercialisation des organismes génétiquement modifiés de l'ISAAA (Service International pour l'Acquisition des Applications de la Biotechnologie Agricole) dans la salle KABA de l'hôtel AZALAI de Cotonou. More...
Établissement d'un partenariat avec les ONG dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre du projet " 10 Millions d'Ames 10 d'Arbres" (10 MAA) More...

Update on 2013-07-09
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