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PhilippinesPhilippines - PH participation in the Webinar on International Databases on Biosafety
Following the decision of the Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to continue collaboration with other biosafety databases and platforms, including
those of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Webinar on International Databases on Biosafety was held on November
12, 2014 with more than 150 registered participants from 76 countries.

The webinar was held to familiarize the participants with the key features of the three databases - Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), FAO GM Foods Platform, and OECD Biotrack Product Database-
and generate comments and inputs on the best possible ways to maximize synergies among  the three databases.

During the course of the discussion which lasted for two hours, participants observed that there are
gaps and redundancy of information between and among three databases. It was mentioned that the three websites contain  similar information but different scope and information required that
will most likely affect the completeness and quality of information delivered. On this
matter, the Philippines suggested to come up with a mechanism that will identify and address gaps to minimize if not completely avoid redundancy. The EU’s made a suggestion along this line and suggested to define a common format and to exchange or synchronize information between databases.
The webinar also tackled the existing internal communication among agencies involved in biosafety, to which participants stated the existence of their respective national biosafety committees, and
on-going collaboration between and among national agencies such as those on Agriculture, Health and Environment.

In addition, the webinar provided a venue to discuss practical challenges in the use of the three databases, including the presentation of data, to which the Philippines specifically suggested
the use of unique identifiers instead of record ID numbers in the record of RA and decisions in the BCH to start the harmonization process of the three databases.

The webinar was concluded with commendation to the FAO, SCBD-BCH, and OECD for organizing such webinar. The participants were one in saying that Webinars of this kind have proven to be very effective in support of increasing awareness and building capacity in the area of biotechnology and biosafety and that a repeat of the webinars on other subjects are greatly recommended.

The Webinar was participated in by Ms. Thelma L. Soriano, National Focal Point for FAO GM Foods Platform, and Ms. Julieta Fe L. Estacio, BCH National Focal point and the NCBP Secretariat staff.
GuatemalaGuatemala - Presentación de los ejemplares de Cultivos Nativos de Guatemala y Bioseguridad del Uso de Organismos Vivos Modificados
Se realizó la presentación oficial de los ejemplares de Cultivos Nativos de Guatemala y Bioseguridad del Uso de Organismos Vivos Modificados a cargo del Doctor César Azurdia, Coordinador del Proyecto “Desarrollo de Mecanismos para Fortalecer la Implementación del Protocolo de Cartagena en Guatemala”.

El Doctor Azurdia abordó la importancia de los cultivos nativos de Guatemala utilizando como ejemplo el cultivo de maíz; y también comentó que el presente trabajo contó con la colaboración de varios profesionales en la materia.

A la actividad asistieron representantes de instituciones gubernamentales y privadas que han acompañado y participado en los procesos del proyecto, entre estos se puede mencionar al Ministerio de Agricultura, Ministerio de Economía, instituciones académicas, así cómo también personal de las diferentes unidades técnicas y jurídico del Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas.

Los módulos están disponibles en:   http://goo.gl/kfrOla
GuatemalaGuatemala - Programa de Investigación en Bioseguridad y Organismos Vivos Modificados
Se llevó a cabo el lanzamiento del Programa de Investigación en  Bioseguridad y Organismos Vivos Modificados con el apoyo del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONCYT). More...
Iran (Islamic Republic of)Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iran National focal point held two advisory committee sessions to discuss about the outcomes of COP-MOP7
Fifth and sixth session of National focal point advisory committee were held in 1 and 8 November to discuss about the issues and adopted decisions in COP-MOP7, and required actions for their implementation at national level. Representatives of Islamic consultative assembly, related ministries and organizations and scientific societies were attended at these meetings.
MexicoMexico - Seminarios en Biotecnología y Bioseguridad de OGMs- Noviembre - Transmisión en línea
Por considerar de su interés y con el objeto que pueda programar su valiosa participación a nuestros próximos Seminarios, cordialmente deseamos invitarlo(a)s a la transmisión en línea de lss siguientes Seminarios:

14 de noviembre
Tema: Agro-infiltración
(expresión transitoria por transformación de Agrobacterium)
presentado por :
Dra. Rocío I. Díaz de la Garza
Profesora Investigadora Asociada/Associate Professor
Escuela Nacional de Posgrado en Ciencias, Ingeniería y Tecnologías
Tecnológico de Monterrey-Campus Monterrey
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)
Liga al micrositio: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/seminarios-en-biotecnologia-y-bioseguridad-de-ogms/agroinfiltracion


18 de noviembre
Tema: Transgénicos: éxitos por encima del mito
Presentado por el Dr. José Miguel Mulet
Investigador
Universitat Politècnica de València
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)
Liga al micrositio: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/seminarios-en-biotecnologia-y-bioseguridad-de-ogms/transgenicos-exitos-encima-mito

28 de noviembre
Tema: Mejoramiento Genético Inverso
presentado por :
Dr. Yuri Peña
Investigador
ECOSUR-Campeche
10 a 12 horas (hora Ciudad de México)

estos seminarios hacen parte de las actividades coordinadas por la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM relacionadas al fortalecimiento de las capacidades nacionales y a la divulgación de biotecnología y bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados.
La transmisión en línea de los Seminarios se realiza con el soporte técnico del IICA- Costa Rica.

Sí estás interesado(a),  por favor envía un mensaje al info_cibiogem@conacyt.mx  y te enviaremos los datos de acceso.

Para mayor información, por favor consultar:
http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/seminarios-en-biotecnologia-y-bioseguridad-de-ogms
MexicoMexico - Primera Reunión de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM con Investigadores del Sureste
Con el objeto de generar un espacio de intercambio de información entre los investigadores y funcionarios de la Secretaría Ejecutiva sobre el marco regulatorio nacional en materia de bioseguridad, actividades de fomento a la investigación en biotecnología, formulación de proyectos y actividades de fortalecimiento de la cultura de bioseguridad. El día 22 de octubre en el Auditorio principal del Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY) en la ciudad de Mérida - Yucatán, la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) y la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Sureste 1, llevaron a cabo la “Primera Reunión de la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la CIBIOGEM con Investigadores del Sureste”.

En la reunión se contó con la asistencia de 28 Investigadores de las diferentes áreas del conocimiento, involucrados o interesados la regulación nacional en materia de bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados y en la formulación de proyectos sobre desarrollo y uso seguro de OGMs, incluyendo el desarrollo biotecnológico, social y económico.


Para mayor información,  por favor dirigirse a la siguiente liga: http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/informacion-general
MexicoMexico - Talleres de Capacitación en Biotecnología y Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados para Funcionarios Estatales
Con el objeto de fortalecer las capacidades nacionales en biotecnología y bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados de los funcionarios Federales, así como las actividades de divulgación y comunicación, la Secretaría Ejecutiva de Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) junto a las instancias que conforman dicha Comisión han programado llevar a cabo cinco Talleres de Capacitación en Biotecnología y Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados para Funcionarios Estatales en cada Región del País. Esta actividad inició el pasado 21 de octubre en la ciudad de Mérida, Yucatán, con la Región del Sureste Mexicano. La región del sureste considera los siguientes estados: Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán y Quintana Roo.

Se contó con la asistencia total de 64 funcionarios de las instancias que integran la CIBIOGEM, 14 de ellos en calidad de ponentes que presentaron los temas en materia de bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados (OGMs) conforme a sus competencias. Los demás 50 funcionarios públicos laboran en las Delegaciones de los Estados mencionados.

Esta actividad se realizó de conformidad con el artículo 28 fracción de la Ley de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados, artículos 97 y 98 de las Reglas de Operación de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM), y en atención al artículo 22 del Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología.

Para mayor información, por favor remitirse a la siguiente liga:

Taller de Capacitación en Biotecnología y Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados para Funcionarios Estatales del Sureste Mexicano

http://www.conacyt.gob.mx/cibiogem/index.php/talleres-capacitacion-biotec-bioseg/sureste
MexicoMexico - Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados
12-16 de mayo de 2014
Ciudad de México- México

En seguimiento de las actividades de Divulgación y Comunicación coordinadas por la Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Intersecretarial de Bioseguridad de Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (CIBIOGEM) contenidas en el Programa de Trabajo Bienal de la Comisión y en consideración de la importancia de la cooperación internacional en el fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas entre países de la Región Latinoamericana, se llevó a cabo el "Curso Regional para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en bioseguridad de organismos genéticamente modificados 2014" que se realizó del 12 al 16 de mayo de 2014, en la Ciudad de México.

El evento contó con la participación de 39 funcionarios gubernamentales interesados en el tema de bioseguridad, particularmente en los aspectos científicos, técnicos y jurídicos; de estos funcionarios asistentes nueve de ellos fueron designados de los Gobiernos de Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Cuba, Guatemala y Costa Rica. Los funcionarios restantes pertenecen a las instancias que integran a la CIBIOGEM.

Los siguientes son los funcionarios extranjeros que participaron en el curso:

Eduardo Tovar Luque, Colombia
José Leonardo Bocanegra Silva, Colombia
Luis Alonso Chacón Araya, Costa Rica
Leticia Pastor Chirino, Cuba
Leyenis García Santos , Cuba
Ángel Ramiro Vela, Ecuador
Fernanda Natalia Lara Piedra, Ecuador
Miguel Carvajal Aguirre, Ecuador
Mónica Lucía Barillas Rodas, Guatemala
Ayrton André Rosado Huaynasi, Perú

La convocatoria se realizó a través de la página de la CIBIOGEM, redes sociales, así como en el Centro de Intercambio de Información de Seguridad de la Biotecnología, sitio administrado por el Secretariado del Protocolo de Cartagena.

RESULTADOS

-Esta colaboración permitió construir capacidad técnica para lograr una gestión integral de la bioseguridad; así como, reconocer la importancia del intercambio de información en materia de bioseguridad entre países de la región.
-Se cuenta a disponibilidad de los usuarios interesados con seis presentaciones de los marcos regulatorios de los países que asistieron al curso.
-Identificación de áreas de oportunidad para la planeación de un siguiente curso.
-Identificación de temas para el fortalecimiento nacional en la aplicación del marco regulatorio.
MexicoMexico - Participación de la Delegación Mexicana durante la Séptima reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes que actúa como reunión de las Partes en el Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología (COPMOP)
Desarrollo de un sitio en internet sobre la participación de la Delegación Mexicana durante la Séptima reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes que actúa como reunión de las Partes en el Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología (COPMOP). More...
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - 2014 public hearing on LMO Act hosted by MOTIE, Korea
「2014 Public Hearing on LMO Act 」 took place at the Korea Chamber of Commerce on the 29th of August, hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, the competent national authority for biosafety protocol and government agencies for LMO safety management, and organized by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House. The public hearing was jointly conducted by seven related government agencies for LMO safety management, and was designed to introduce “The Act on Transnational Transportation of LMO” and its lower statutes of which parts were revised in 2013. The public hearing was participated by 150 people from various fields such as government, industry and academia, and served as an opportunity to provide explanations to working-level staff on revised LMO Act and regulations and had a Q/A session for participants, as well. Major revisions of the act involved report/permit of LMO facilities for test and research, changes in report/permit of development/test, new report/permit of production/processing facilities’ installment/operation and environment impact studies, etc.

This public hearing was carried out as LMO forum seminar, hosted by KBCH annually. The first seminar was held in May 2010, taking place three or four times a year, and this was the 14th LMO forum seminar.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Bhutan Delegation Visits to Korea
Two workshops on LMO safety management system were held for the Bhutan government officials by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House or KBCH. Bhutan is currently establishing biosafety system with the support of UNEP-GEF. The workshops, taking place by the request of the Bhutan government, served as an opportunity to share Korea’s knowledge and experiences on the detection, use, development of LMO, and its management system, so that it will help set up Bhutan’s biosafety system, and Bhutan and Korea exchanged ideas seeking cooperation in many fields, such as rural development, etc.

The first seminar was carried out for four days from the 12th to 15th of May, with a total of 10 participants including seven governors and three officials the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest. The second was attended by 13 participants including Secretary of the Agriculture and Forest, from the 25th to 29th of August.

During the workshops, the delegation visited a number of related agencies, organizations and NGO in an aim of learning Korean LMO management system (involving legal/institutional framework, quarantine, risk assessment, monitoring, facility management, and safety management) and the current status of R&D. They also made on-site visits to places like greenhouses and field trials. Participants from Bhutan had a great interest in Korea’s GM development status, LMO detection methods and organic farming, and the two countries were looking forward to forging a close international cooperation in a continuous manner.
PhilippinesPhilippines - Philippines – COP/MOP 7 preps underway
In preparation of the upcoming Seventh Conference of Parties serving as meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7), the Philippines conducted a series of consultations to generate comments and capture the ideas and concerns of the Filipino community on biosafety issues and the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.
The consultation served also as a venue to update major stakeholders on the progress and developments of implementation of the decisions made during the COP/MOP 6 in 2012 and discuss the draft country position on the outstanding and substantive issues in the implementation of the Protocol. The results of the consultations shall form part of the country position that will be negotiated by the Philippine Delegation in the COP/MOP 7 scheduled on 29 September to 03 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The first consultation, which was held on 19 August 2014, tackled three issues of the Protocol, namely: Article 15 Risk Assessment, Article 16 Risk Management, and Article 20 Information Sharing and the Biosafety Clearing House.
The second round of consultation, conducted on 09 September 2014, discussed the other Articles which were not taken up in the first consultation, to wit: Article 17 Unintentional Transboundary Movement and Emergency Measures, Article 18 Handling, Transport, Packaging and Identification of LMOs, Article 26 Socio-Economic Considerations, Article 27 Liability and Redress, Article 33 Monitoring and Reporting, and Article 35 Assessment and Review of the Effectiveness of the Protocol.
The key concerns that were raised during the consultation include the rules and procedures on intentional introduction of LMOs, unintentional transboundary movements and handling, transport, packaging and identification of LMOs. The stakeholders were also concerned on the extent of public participation in the biosafety decision-making process. Issues on substantial equivalence, risk analysis and comparative assessments were likewise discussed.
The Competent National Authorities (CNAs) assured that the country has a functional regulation in place covering activities on LMOs from laboratory, field testing, commercialization and use of LMOs for food, feed and processing. While measures such as sampling and testing are in place in cases of unintentional transboundary movements, the Philippines is yet to come-up with a legal framework. On public participation, the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) National Focal Point stressed that the national BCH (BCH Pilipinas) provides a section for public comment on all available information contained in the BCH. The BCH Pilipinas also includes related links to agencies involved in LMO regulation. The country’s national records are reflected in the BCH Pilipinas, including safety assessments and decision documents on LMOs intended for Direct Use as Food, Feed and for Processing.
After eliciting comments and suggestions/recommendations from the participants of the two consultations, the Philippine Delegation is expected to consolidate the results and come up with the final country position, with top priority on protecting national interest on the safe use modern biotechnology.
The Philippine Delegation spearheaded the two consultations with assistance from the Secretariat of the National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines. Both consultations were held at the Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City. Participants came from the academe, industry, consumer rights groups, public and private research institutions, government and non-government organizations, and the CNAs.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsWebinar on tools and information resources available on biosafety (31 October 2014)
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is participating in the exchange of information on a variety of scientific and other relevant information on biosafety through several initiatives at the global level.

As part of these efforts, a Webinar will be held on 31 October 2014 to provide an overview of the tools and information resources available on the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH), the GM Foods Platform maintained by the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) and the Biotrack database of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Specifically, the Webinar will provide an overview on the resources on biosafety that are available on the internet and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in discussions on this subject.

The webinar will be conducted in English and repeated twice during the same day (one morning session, one afternoon session) for accommodating the diverse working times and availabilities of participants around the world.

We would like to invite all stakeholders to participate in this Webinar. A certificate will be provided to attending participants.

Information is available on the FAO website (at http://www.fao.org/food/food-safety-quality/events-projects/event/detail/en/c/242232/ ) and more will follow in due course.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at bch@cbd.int.

The BCH team
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Holding of Model United Nations General Assembly
The Korea Biosafety Clearing House, together with the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies International Model United Nations, held the “39th Model U.N. General Assembly” in the auditorium of KOEX, Seoul, on Saturday August 9th.  The event was held to inform the public of the goal of the “12th Conference of the Parties of the Biodiversity Convention and the Meeting of the Parties of the Biosafety Protocol” to be held from September 29 to October 17 in Pyung-Chang, Gangwon Province, and to promote understanding of the importance of biodiversity and biosafety.

At the Model U.N. General Assembly, 28 university students that had been selected through prior screening conducted the role of country representative, interpreter, moderator, etc.  Discussions were held according to the rules of proceedings of the actual UN General Assembly, in the languages of a total of 13 countries, such as South Korea, Argentina and Japan.  Each statement was interpreted into the 6 official U.N. languages and Korean, and the discussions were conducted similar to the actual General Assembly of the U.N.

The Model Assembly was conducted in two parts, under the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.”  In Part 1, students representing each country shared opinions on “Access to Genetic Resources and Sharing of Profits.”  In Part 2, the theme was “Treatment, Transport, Packaging and Identification of LMOs,” an important core agenda for the 7th Meeting of the Parties of the Biosafety Protocol, on which opinions were stated, resolutions were submitted, deliberations were conducted, and a report was made on the final adopted resolution to conclude the session.  The event was attended by about 1,000 regular spectators, and was an opportunity to transfer academic knowledge on LMO-related issues, and promote public awareness of and participation in LMOs.  Moreover, the event held particular significance because one could have an experience in advance of the 7th Meeting of the Parties of the Biosafety Protocol to be held in September in Pyung-Chang.
Republic of KoreaRepublic of Korea - Korea BCH held high school debate competition on LMO
Upon receiving support of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Korea Biosafety Clearing House(KBCH) held the 5th Debate Competition on Biosafety and Bio-industry.  KBCH has sponsored this debate competition each year since 2010.  Based on the knowledge that each student has independently acquired on debate topics related to biosafety and bio-industry, students engage in diverse and indepth discussions with other fellow students.  The purpose of this competition is to induce learning through participation, aiming to improve the communication skills of students, promote broad understanding of the life sciences, and sharpen their knowledge of science.

The preliminary theme for this year’s competition was “Must all food products that include GMO-derived ingredients  be labeled?”. Applications for participation in the competition were received during a period of about four weeks from May 12.  As a result, a total of 150 teams (300 persons, 2 persons per team) from 108 high schools nationwide completed registration.  Thereafter, 64 teams that passed the first screening stage (conducted through video) participated in the preliminary round of competitions on July 25.  Teams were divided into teams for and against adoption of the GMO full labeling system, and engaged in aggressive discussions.  16 teams went on to the main round of competitions.  And on August 14, the main competition (tournament style) was held, under the topic, “Should GMOs be actively adopted to acquire food security?”  All the teams that participated in the main round of competitions conducted more indepth discussions on the feasibility of adopting GMOs to acquire food safety, and the positive aspects and the negative aspects of it.  Students argued based on what they had studied regarding the fundamental factors of the global food crisis, the status of food security in Korea, and the competitive efforts that are being made globally to acquire food resources.
MexicoMexico - Quinto Día de Puertas Abiertas de la Secretaría Ejecutiva: México conmemora el Décimo Primer Aniversario del Protocolo de Cartagena de sobre la Seguridad de la Biotecnología
Durante esta jornada se pretende, informar a los asistentes con fundamentos técnicos y científicos las acciones del Gobierno Federal en materia de Bioseguridad, esperando como resultado la aclaración de conceptos que deriven en la incorporación de conocimientos y la formación de un criterio propio en el tema. Así como, posicionar a la Comisión como ente de referencia con base científica y técnica en materia de Bioseguridad de OGMs. Así como, conmemorar el Décimo Primer Aniversario del Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsInvitation to comment on a first draft of an Aarhus Convention/CBD checklist
A draft checklist of key measures required for ratifying and implementing the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Article 23) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment has been prepared pursuant to the conclusions by the Chair of the joint Aarhus Convention/CBD round table in October 2013. In this regard, we invite all interested governments and stakeholders to submit comments on the first draft checklist. Please note that comments should be submitted no later than 31 September 2014 to aarhus.survey@unece.org and to ulrika.nilsson@cbd.int. For more information, please visit the Portal on Public Awareness at http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/portal_art23/pa_main.shtml
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPerú - Proyecto MINAM-UNEP/GEF-UNOPS "Implementación del Marco Nacional de Bioseguridad en el Perú (IMNB-Perú)" realizó Segundo Taller Nacional sobre el Centro de Intercambio de Información sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología (CIISB-BCH).
El proyecto MINAM-UNEP/GEF-UNOPS "Implementación del Marco Nacional de Bioseguridad en el Perú (IMNB-Perú)", con el apoyo técnico de la Dirección General de Diversidad Biológica del Ministerio del Ambiente (DGDB-MINAM), realizó el Segundo Taller Nacional sobre el Centro de Intercambio de Información sobre Seguridad de la Biotecnología (CIISB-BCH) los días 28 y 29 de agosto de 2014. El taller se llevó a cabo en el Centro de Cómputo de la Facultad de Ingeniería Agrícola de la Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (CECOFIA-UNALM), en Lima Perú. More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier sur la communication en matière de biotechnologie moderne et de biosécurité. Dakar, du 19 au 21 août 2014.
Du 19 au 21 août 2014, s’est tenu Dakar, un atelier sur la communication en matière de biotechnologies modernes et de biosécurité. Organisée par l’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal (ANB), sous l’égide du Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable du Sénégal et en partenariat avec l’USDA (Département de l’Agriculture des Etats-Unis d’Amérique) et l’IFIC (International Food Information Council Foundation), la rencontre a vu la participation :
- de régulateurs en biosécurité, de députés, de membres du Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental et de journalistes  du Sénégal
- et d’invités constitués de points focaux nationaux de biosécurité (Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambie, Ghana, Mali, Niger et Togo) de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’experts facilitateurs (Etats-Unis d’Amérique, ABNE/NEPAD, Burkina Faso).
Le principal objectif visé par l’atelier était de définir des orientations de communication, afin d’éclairer le choix du consommateur et de fournir des outils pertinents d’aide à la décision pour une gestion sécurisée des biotechnologies modernes.
A ce titre, les communications ont essentiellement porté sur :
- un résumé de la situation actuelle de l’utilisation de la biotechnologie moderne aux États-Unis et dans les régions-clés du monde ;  
- les aspects généraux liés au Protocole de Cartagena ;
- la mesure et le développement de la compréhension du public ;
- les principales idées fausses, barrières et opportunités pour une acceptation plus large de la biotechnologie agricole en Afrique de l’ouest ;
- l’apport des études portant sur les attitudes des consommateurs ;
- l’utilisation du guide du communicateur pour améliorer la sensibilisation du public, à travers notamment la formulation d’une terminologie et de messages clés adaptés
- l’utilisation des média conventionnels et des média sociaux
- l’optimisation de l’accès à des ressources en ligne crédibles, etc.
Outre ces communications, l’atelier a également permis à travers un panel d’échanger sur les pistes d’optimisation des communications en matière de productivité agricole et de biotechnologie en Afrique de l’ouest.

   
   
Update on 2013-07-09
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