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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2020-09-19 08:38 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-09-30 12:44 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Training workshop on Access and Sharing Information through Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)
Contact person
Pathmalatha Abeykoon
The Director
Biodiversity Secretariat
Ministry of Environment
Sobadam Piyasa",416/C/1, Robert Gunawardana Mawatha
Colombo, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 11 2034121
Fax:+94 11 2879944
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Sri Lanka
Type of initiative
  • Report on a completed initiative
  • Part of a larger initiative/project/programme
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • Professionals, specialists and technicians
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20433
Phone:+1 202 473 0508
Fax:+1 202 522 3240,+1 202 522 3245
Url:Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Training workshop on "Access and sharing information through Biosafety Clearing House (BCH)" was held from 16-20th December 2019 at the Agriculture Biotechnology Center (AgBC), University of Peradeniya, Kandy. The aim of the workshop was to make aware key stakeholders on how to access information in the BCH and use information on LMO/GMOs relevant to their work. A series of 5-day workshop was held to 30 participants on each day to customs and plant quarantine officers (3 days) and Seed inspectors/agriculture officers (2 days). The topics covered are: (i) overview of BCH central portal, (ii) Sri Lanka BCH, (iii) information resource on biosafety regulations for GMOs/LMOs in Sri Lanka, (iv) demonstration of interactive self-learning modules on Cartagena Protocol & BCH and (v) interactive case studies on using BCH.
The training was conducted by the Chief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi, India who is the international consultant for BCH and the National Consultant for BCH web support. The training was organized and sponsored by the  National Biosafety Project.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Key stakeholder groups in Sri Lanka were trained to access and share information through BCH.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • English
Category(ies) of the initiative