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BotswanaBotswana - The need for Biosafety towards ensuring conservation of the plant genetic resources
Biosafety legislation is very important ensuring that the local plant genetic resources are protected More...
MalawiMalawi - Malawi first BCH training for biosafety stakeholders
Malawi conducted the first BCH training for biosafety stakeholders from 13th to 14th February 2019 at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The training drew its participants from research institutions, private sectors, Civil society, Government Departments, the Media, seed companies and food and processing industries. A total of 30 people attended the training of which eight were women.
The opening remarks were delivered on behalf of the Director of Environment Mrs Tawonga Mbale-Luka, by Dr. Lilian Chimphepo who welcomed all participants and urged then to participate actively during the training. In her remarks Chimphepo reminded the participants on when Malawi became party to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety including modalities that have been put in place to facilitate implementation of the Protocol.
The training was facilitated by Dr Ossama Abdelkawy, BCH Project Regional Specialist. The training was aimed at equiping biosafety stakeholders with knowledge on the roles of the Competent National Athorities and National Focal Points, defining procedure or mechanisms on flow of information on the BCH and enhancing capcity in using the BCH Central Portal in finding and registering information.
Dominican RepublicDominican Republic - República Dominicana conforma su Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad (CONABIO)
COMISIÓN NACIONAL DE BIOSEGURIDAD
Se crea la Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad (CONABIO), como instancia encargada de asesorar al Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales en la toma de decisiones, así como en el desarrollo de las actividades relativas a la seguridad de la biotecnología.
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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsKazakhstan - First national workshop for key stakeholders
National Center for Biotechnology -  (has been assigned as Focal Point for the clearing-house mechanism on biosafety) organized the First National BCH Workshop  in the context of the UN Environment  – GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III), from 12-13 December 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan.
The purpose of workshop was to set up procedures and mechanisms needed to achieve sustainability of an effective participation to the BCH; and establish national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be placed on the BCH in line with national biosafety policy and biosafety framework;
Workshop participants included representatives from different stakeholder from government and non-government sectors.
During the Workshop participants were acquainted with technical national BCH responsibilities, methods of finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions.
Workshop was facilitated by Alexey Tarasjev, UNEP GEF BCH III Regional Advisor.
All workshop materials available on the website of the National Center for Biotechnology at the link   http://www.biocenter.kz/sotrudnichestvo/kartakhenskij-protokol/novosti-po-kpb
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire - Second national workshop under the BCH III project
As part of the implementation of the "UNEP-GEF BCH 3 Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House", the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with UN Environment, organized a training workshop for Authorized National Users on the Biosafety Portal. More...
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands - Second National Workshop (BCH III) Underway in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is undertaking a three days workshop for the National Authorized Users to build their capacity on using BCH. The workshop is attended by relevant Government Authorities who were approved NAUs and play important role in information management and regulating LMOs and GMOs in the country. More...
BelarusBelarus - The Second Training Workshop for BCH Information Providers
The Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus organized the Second Training Workshop for BCH Information Providers in the context of the UN Environment - GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III) from 3 to 5 December 2018 in Minsk, Belarus.
The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with clear understanding of the BCH records’ formats as well as the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety-related decisions, National BCH’s technical duties to ensure common understanding of the requirements to provide necessary information to stakeholders, and with the procedures and institutional mechanisms set forth for effective participation in the BCH in line with national biosafety policy and the biosafety framework. During the workshop participants discussed what follow-up should be given to sustain capacity of the BCH and national database.
The workshop was attended by 24 participants from House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Governmental Ministries, agencies, customs laboratories, LMO detection laboratories, Aarhus Center, NFPs and NAUs. The opening remarks were given by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the Institute of Genetics and Cytology. The workshop was facilitated by Alexey Tarasjev, Regional Advisor of the BCH3 project, UN Environment and Galina Mozgova, BCH NFP from the Institute of Genetics and Cytology with the help of Dr. Ernesto Ocampo Edye, Biosafety Clearing House Specialist. All workshop materials will be available on the website of the National Coordination Biosafety Centre at the link http://www.biosafety.by/ as well as in the Virtual Learning Environment.
BurundiBurundi - Atelier de formation sur le Centre d'Echange pour la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques
Cet atelier fait suite aux 2 autres organisés précédemment dans le cadre du projet "Renforcement des capacités pour une participation effective dans le CEPRB. More...
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsFRENCH webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre for registering Information" - 6 December 2018
The UNE-GEF Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the BCH (BCH III) will offer a new webinar on "How to use the BCH Management Centre to register information"  (FRENCH) More...
BurundiBurundi - Atelier de formation des utilisateurs nationaux autorises sur le CEPRB
L"atelier de formation sur le CEPRB qui fait suite aux autres antérieurement organises dans le cadre du projet BCH III More...