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Second Regular National Report on the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Record information and status
Record ID
109785
Status
Published
Date of creation
2013-05-27 00:00 UTC (bch@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2013-05-27 00:00 UTC (bch@cbd.int)

Origin of report
Country
  • Jamaica
Contact officer for report
Coordinates
Submission
10. Date of submission
2013-05-27
Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
12. Is your country a Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB)?
  • No
Survey on indicators of the Strategic Plan (2014)
In decision BS-VI/15, Parties requested the Executive Secretary to conduct a dedicated survey to gather information corresponding to indicators in the Strategic Plan that could not be obtained from the second national reports or through other existing mechanisms.

The answers to the survey are displayed below.
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Not aware of any funding for Biosafety issues in the last 4 years.
Survey 4. How many biosafety short-term training programmes and/or academic courses are offered annually in your country?
indicator 1.2.3
  • None
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There are no short-term biosafety courses given by the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, but biosafety is discussed and tested within several Biotechnology undergraduate courses such as BOTN3401 and BIOT3113 being taught to at least 70 students every year
Survey 5. Does your country have in place a functional national mechanism for coordinating biosafety capacity-building initiatives?
indicator 1.2.4
  • No
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This is one area where there could be some assistance in capacity-building.    The National Commission on Science and Technology's (NCST) National Biosafety Committee was the functional national mechanism for coordinating capacity-building initiatives. This multisectoral committee is in the process of being re-activated. This committee has also coordinated efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Environment Management Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, and the Jamaica Customs Agency.
Survey 6. How much additional funding (in the equivalent of US dollars) has your country mobilized in the last four years to support implementation of the Biosafety Protocol, beyond the regular national budgetary allocation?
indicator 1.2.5
  • No funds mobilized
Survey 7. Does your country have predictable and reliable funding for building capacity for the effective implementation of the Protocol?
indicator 1.2.6
  • No
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Funding would be dependent on overseas sources.  The budgetary allocation would not be sufficient to fulfill national needs.
Survey 8. How many LMO-related collaborative bilateral/multilateral arrangements has your country established with other Parties/non-Parties?
indicator 1.2.8
  • None
Survey 9. Has your country adopted or used any guidance documents for the purpose of conducting risk assessment and/or risk management?
indicator 1.3.1.1
Survey 9.a) Risk assessment
  • No
Survey 9.b) Risk management
  • No
Survey 10. Has your country adopted or used any guidance documents for the purpose of evaluating risk assessment reports submitted by notifiers?
indicator 1.3.1.2
  • No
Survey 11. Has your country adopted any common approaches to risk assessment with other countries?
indicator 1.3.2
  • No
Survey 12. Has your country ever conducted a risk assessment of an LMO?
indicator 1.3.3
  • No
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We have attempted to do risk assessment with the monitoring of field trials for a transgenic papaya by members of the National Biosafety Committee.
Survey 13. Does your country have the capacity to identify, assess and/or monitor living modified organisms or specific traits that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking into account risks to human health?
indicator 1.4.2
Survey 13.a) Identify
  • No
Survey 13.b) Assess
  • No
Survey 13.c) Monitor
  • No
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The Biotechnology Centre at UWI, Mona has nascent capacity but not dedicated staff or facilities.
Survey 14. Does your country have available any guidance for the purpose of ensuring the safe handling, transport, and packaging of living modified organisms?
indicator 1.6.4
  • No
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No formal guidance document or any local legislation related to the safe handing, transport or packing of LMOs.
Survey 15. Does your country have any specific approaches or requirements that facilitate how socio-economic considerations should be taken into account in LMO decision making?
indicator 1.7.2
  • No
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The impacts on trade would also have to be taken into account.  The Trade Policy being developed takes into account GMO but not LMOs.
Survey 16. How many peer-reviewed published materials has your country used for the purpose of elaborating or determining national actions with regard to socio-economic considerations?
indicator 1.7.1
  • None
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UWI scientists have published peer-reviewed papers on local research on LMOs and opinions but not for the use as stated above.
Survey 17. What is your country's experience, if any, in taking socio-economic considerations into account in LMO decision making?
indicator 1.7.3
Undetermined.
Survey 18. Does your country have the capacity to take appropriate measures in the event that an LMO is unintentionally released?
indicator 1.8.3
  • No
Survey 19. How many people in your country have been trained in risk assessment, monitoring, management and control of LMOs?
indicator 2.2.3
Survey 19.a) Risk assessment
  • One or more
Survey 19.b) Monitoring
  • One or more
Survey 19.c) Management / Control
  • One or more
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Trained personnel at the Scientific Research Council and the Biotechnology Centre, UWI, Mona.
Survey 20. Does your country have the infrastructure (e.g. laboratory facilities) for monitoring or managing LMOs?
indicator 2.2.4
  • No
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The molecular laboratory at the Scientific Research Council has the capacity for PCR based presence/absence detection of LMOs.  The Biotechnology Centre at UWI, Mona has PCRs, sequencers and capacity for detection of LMOs.
Survey 21. Is your country using training material and/or technical guidance for training in risk assessment and risk management of LMOs?
indicator 2.2.5
  • Yes
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At the Biotechnology Centre at UWI, Mona only what individual scientists can access and what were given in training courses.
Survey 22. Are the available training materials and technical guidance on risk assessment and risk management of LMOs sufficient and effective?
indicator 2.2.6
Survey 22.a) Sufficient
  • No
Survey 22.b) Effective
  • No
Survey 23. How many customs officers in your country have received training in the identification of LMOs?
indicator 2.3.1
  • None
Survey 24. How many laboratory personnel in your country have received training in detection of LMOs?
indicator 2.3.1
  • One or more
Here you may provide further details
Trained personnel at the Scientific Research Council and the Biotechnology Centre, UWI, Mona.
Survey 25. Does your country have reliable access to laboratory facilities for the detection of LMOs?
indicator 2.3.2
  • No
Survey 26. How many laboratories in your country are certified for LMO detection?
indicator 2.3.3
  • None
Survey 27. How many of the certified laboratories in the previous question are operational?
indicator 2.3.4
  • None
Survey 28. Has your country received any financial and/or technical assistance for capacity-building in the area of liability and redress relating to living modified organisms?
indicator 2.4.1
  • No
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Not aware of any such assistance.
Survey 29. Does your country have administrative or legal instrument that provide for response measures for damage to biodiversity resulting from living modified organisms?
indicator 2.4.2
  • No
Survey 30. Has your country informed the public about existing modalities for public participation in the decision-making process regarding living modified organisms?
indicator 2.5.2
  • Yes
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There were local stakeholder meetings about LMOs held a few years ago by the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST).
Survey 31. If you answered yes to the previous question, please indicate the modalities used to inform the public?
indicator 2.5.2
  • National website
  • Newspaper
  • Forums
  • The NCST utilised its website as well as printed flyers, newspaper articles, public forums and meetings.
Survey 32. If you indicated multiple modalities for public participation in the question above, which one was most used?
indicator 2.5.2
  • National website
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The NCST website.
Survey 33. How many academic institutions in your country are offering biosafety education and training courses and programmes?
indicator 2.7.1
  • One or more
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At UWI biosafety is taught as part of Life Science and Biotechnology BSc courses. There are no specific biosafety courses and programmes.  Uncertain as to what is happening at other academic institutions.
Survey 34. How many biosafety training materials and/or online modules are available in your country?
indicator 2.7.2
  • None
Survey 35. Does your country have in place a monitoring and/or an enforcement system?
indicator 3.1.6
Survey 35.a) Monitoring system
  • No
Survey 36. Please indicate the number of regional, national and international events organized in relation to biosafety (e.g. seminars, workshops, press conferences, educational events, etc.,) in the last 2 years.
indicator 4.3.1
  • None
Survey 37. Please indicate the number of biosafety related publications that has been made available in your country in the last year.
indicator 4.3.2
  • One or more
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A number is hard to determine as biosafety-related publications or alerts of publications are generally not shared on a national level.
Survey 38. If biosafety related publications were made available (see question above), please indicate which modalities were preferred.
indicator 4.3.2
  • An article provided by the Jamaica BCH Focal Point for an online Jamaican magazine called Environmentally Conscious Consumer Operations (ECCO) and entitled “Genetically Modified Foods: What You Should Know!” See http://www.eccomagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250:genetically-modified-foods-what-you-should-know&catid=42:nutrition&Itemid=167 Subcribers to the Jamaica CHM’s e-newsletter, Biodiversity News, were alerted of this article.
Survey 39. How many collaborative initiatives (including joint activities) on the Cartagena Protocol and other Conventions and processes has your government established in the last 4 years?
indicator 5.2.1
  • One or more
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The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) had inter-agency training for public awareness and outreach activities through the Biosafety Clearing-House Project I in 2008 -2009.    Some activities have taken place in the last four years coordinated by the National Environment and Planning Agency as part of the  Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Jamaica has taken part in some meetings related to the Nagoya Protocol for Access and Benefit Sharing in 2012-13.
Survey 40. Does your country have any awareness and outreach programmes on biosafety?
indicator 5.3.1
  • No
Here you may provide further details
IOJ had public awareness and outreach activities arising from Biosafety Clearing-House Project I in 2008 -2009. There is a Jamaica BCH website (http://jamaicachm.org.jm/~bch/) but no long-term programme.     Some information is available on the NCST Website, http://www.ncst.gov.jm/    The Public Education Sub-Committee of the National Biosafety Committee drafted a Frequently Asked Questions publication.
Survey 42. Has your country designed and/or implemented an outreach/communication strategy on biosafety?
indicator 5.3.2
  • No
Survey 43. Please indicate the number of educational materials on biosafety that are available and accessible to the public.
indicator 5.3.4
  • 5 or more
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A public awareness brochure entitled "Jamaica Biosafety Clearing-House" [will be available online in July 2013]; CD from Biosafety Clearing-House Project I on the Cartagena Protocol and the Clearing-House deposited in a Science Library of the IOJ and with several entities that served on the National Biosafety Committee.        The NCST website has some information on educational materials (http://www.ncst.gov.jm/)    The Consumer Affairs Commission website (http://www.consumeraffairsjamaica.gov.jm/) has two (2) CONSUMER ALERT publications entitled "Genetically Modified Foods and Health Risks" and "Anthrax and Similar Tools of Bio-Terrorism".