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BCH Reports & Reviews

Once a year the Secretariat reports on the operation of the Biosafety Clearing-House. Primary data, such as the number and regional distribution of National Focal Points, as well as the number of records made available through the BCH, are reported below. Detailed reports on the activities and partnership arrangements that have been entered into, as well as feedback provided by Parties and other Governments on their experiences with the operation of the BCH, are also available from this page.

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BCH Log Reports (number of records and visits per year)


records per year visitors per year


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BCH records per year   2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2010-2011
  (%)

 
National Contacts
  Protocol focal points   186 191 187 174 174 (0%)
    Africa (AFR)   51 55 56 53 51 (-4%)
    Asia-Pacific (AP)   44 46 48 45 45 (0%)
    CEE   26 25 25 24 23 (-4%)
    GRULAC   38 37 33 29 33 (+12%)
    WEOG   27 28 25 23 22 (-4%)
  BCH focal points   186 190 191 185 183 (-1%)
    Africa (AFR)   50 53 53 53 49 (-8%)
    Asia-Pacific (AP)   49 49 52 51 50 (-2%)
    CEE   24 23 23 22 23 (+4%)
    GRULAC   32 32 33 29 32 (+9%)
    WEOG   31 33 30 30 29 (-3%)
  Article 17 focal points   63 73 80 79 80 (+1%)
  Competent National Authorities   267 314 346 348 355 (+2%)
  National biosafety websites and databases   84 99 105 108 120 (+10%)
Total records (1)   674 753 790 795 811 (+2%)

 
Laws & Regulations
  National laws   438 541 572 593 693 (+14%)
  Bilateral, multilateral and regional agreements   41 41 39 13 23 (+43%)
  Other         2 16 (+87%)
Total records (1)   479 582 612 608 732 (+17%)

 
Country's Decisions and other Communications
  Decisions under AIA (2)   5 7 306 326 459 (+29%)
  Decisions under Art. 11.1 (LMO-FFPs)   495 574 617 640 620 (-3%)
  Other decisions and declarations   49 100 350 354 287 (-23%)
Total records (1)   549 681 771 801 944 (+15%)

 
Risk assessments reports (3)   1,292 1,951 388 453 599 (+24%)

 
Roster of Experts
  Roster of experts members (4)   645 0 75 86 127 (+32%)
  Reports on expert assignments   0 0 0 0 1 (+100%)
Total records (1)   645 0 75 86 128 (+33%)

 
Total records submitted by countries   3,639 3,967 2,636 2,743 3,214 (+15%)

 
BCH Registries
  LMO registry   171 289 331 346 383 (+10%)
  Gene registry   57 176 229 254 305 (+17%)
  Parental Organism registry   71 151 140 148 165 (+10%)
Total records   299 616 700 748 853 (+12%)

 
Capacity-building activities
  Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities (5)   248 265 207 339 366 (+7%)
  Capacity needs and priorities   53 59 60 15 30 (+50%)
Total records   301 324 367 354 396 (+11%)

 
International Organizations   142 190 209 216 244 (+11%)

 
Records in the Scientific Bibliographic Database (by ICGEB)   7,017 7,834 7,711 7,783 7,866 (+1%)

 
Records in the Biosafety Information Resource Centre (BIRC) (6)   742 933 1,002 1,136 1,187 (+4%)

 
Total number of records in the BCH   12,140 13,864 12,625 12,980 13,760 (+6%)

 
 
 
BCH records per year   2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2011-2012
(%)

 
Visits       123,476 149,421 188,352 (+26%)
  Average Visits Per Day       338 409 516

 
Unique Visitors       78,560 87,307 110,986 (+27%)
  Average Unique Visitors Per Day       215 239 304

 
Pageviews       516,997 716,335 881,675 (+23%)
  Average Pageviews Per Day       1,416 1,962 2,415

 

Notes:
(1) The difference between the sum of the records listed in each category and the total number of records is due to the possibility that one record contains information for more than one category (e.g. a focal point may have more than one role); in this case the same record is listed two or three times in the breakdown.
(2) In September 2009, following a revision of the common formats for the submission of information, hundreds of decisions under AIA (introduction into the environment) submitted in previous years, were made visible after the solution of an ambiguity in the former common format for the submission of information on Decisions under Article 11.1 (LMO-FFPs).
(3) In September 2009, following a revision of the common format for the submission of information, more than 2000 risk assessment records were removed because they did not specify the LMO that was the object of the risk assessment.
(4) In August 2008, following up a COP-MOP request in decision BS-IV/4, all experts previously registered in the Roster were removed.
(5) In 2010 the categories Capacity-building opportunities, projects, training and education programmes and report on initiatives were merged in a single category.
(6) Prior to 2007 the records contained in the Scientific Bibliographic Database and the Biosafety Information Resource Centre were combined in a single database
(7) Data produced by Google Analytics

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BCH Annual Reports

Annual reviews of the operation of the BCH are provided by the Secretariat at the end of each calendar year in accordance with Section G (reports on activities) of the BCH’s Modalities of Operation.

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User survey, feedback and other publications on the BCH

The implementation and operation of the BCH are subject to periodic review, which include consultation with a wide variety of BCH users. Results of these reviews are usually submitted to the attention of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP-MOP) as information documents.

2010 UNEP/CBD/BS/COP-MOP/5/INF/1 - Study of users and potential users of the Biosafety Clearing-House; by Aleksej Tarasjev.
2009 Terminal Evaluation of project Building Capacity for Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) - Phase I (GF/6010-04-02 (4771) - GFL/2328-2716-4771). Evaluation conducted by Hugo Navajas in July 2009 for the UNEP Evaluation and Oversight Unit. Executive Summary, Lessons Learned, Findings and Recommendations as well as EOU Commentary are also available on the GEF website.
  Results of the RA&RM and Capacity Building Forums' Survey (conducted by SCBD in March 2009)
2008 Effective participation in the Biosafety Clearing House: Participation options and impediments to information provision. An academic report prepared by Ms. Aarti Gupta, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University for the UNEP-GEF BCH Project, May 2008.
  Learning from Experience - The Global UNEP-GEF BCH Capacity Building Project
  External BCH Security Audit (requested by COP-MOP decision BS-III/2)
  Report of the 2007 Survey of BCH Users (requested by COP-MOP decision BS-III/2)
2006 Recommendations of the BCH Regional Advisors for the Central Portal: Experiences of One Year as Regional Advisors
  Submissions regarding constraints on making information available to the BCH (requested by COP-MOP decision BS-III/2): EU; Norway
  Bridging the gap between researchers and policy-makers: International collaboration through the Biosafety Clearing-House. Kirsty Galloway Mclean, Environ. Biosafety Res. 4 (2005) 123–126.
2005 BCH Internal Review (requested by COP-MOP decision BS-I/3)
2003 Views on the transition between the pilot phase and the fully operational and functional BCH (requested in ICCP recommendation 3/3): Australia; EU; Paraguay; Switzerland; USA; ICGEB; OECD; WWF
  Questionnaire on resources and expertise available in countries for the exchange of information with the BCH (submitted by the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Projects)
2002 Independent Evaluation of the BCH Pilot Phase Implementation - by T. Peterson (requested in ICCP recommendation 1/4)

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Update on 2013-09-17
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