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At what level should capacity needs assessments be carried out? [#3146]
In addition to the capacity needs assessments carried out at the national level, is it necessary to conduct needs assessments at global and regional levels as well? If so, who should carry out such assessments; the CBD Secretariat, international organizations or other agencies?
(edited on 2012-03-28 21:34 UTC by Mr. Erie Tamale)
posted on 2012-03-28 19:59 UTC by Mr. Erie Tamale, UNEP/SCBD/Biosafety
RE: At what level should capacity needs assessments be carried out? [#3810]
Dear All,

I perform as BCH-NFP in Guatemala and am very interested in sharing opinions about the importance of carrying out capacity needs assessments at the regional level.

I believe that the current efforts promoted in my country by the National Implementation Project need to be supported by the guidance of regional capacity assessments which facilitate consensus of followed steps in capacity-building and thus enable effective sharing of resources, ideas, problem-solving, etc.  Additionally, we need to have a better access and information management to learned experiences from other regions regarding successful experiences of national biosafety systems, risk assessment capacity requirements on the basis of national experiences, and other relevant areas.

The feedback from regional capacity needs assessments to national knowledge is of great importance because It can avoid to re-invest resources and time to learn the "how"s we should implement our capacity-building under specific country setting and institutional arrangements.
posted on 2012-07-30 17:19 UTC by M.Sc. Leslie Melisa Ojeda Cabrera, Guatemala