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.