The Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Science of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building 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 17-19 September 2018 In Minsk, Belarus. The workshop aimed at providing the country's key stakeholders with a common understanding of: the common format of the BCH records as well as the methods for finding information and the procedures for registering and publishing biosafety related decisions and identifying national procedures and operational linkages to gather information to be put on the BCH in line with the NBF's implementation and sustainability and training plan. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, customs laboratory, agroprocessors, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Institute if Genetics and Cytology and UN Environment. The workshop was facilitated by Galina Mozgova, BCH NFP from the Institute of Genetics and Cytology and Vida Marolt, Regional Advisor of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.