Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
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2004-06-23 11:58 UTC (Mfoley1@worldbank.org)
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Colombia Capacity Building Project for the Implementation of the
National Biosafety Framework
Ms. Mary-Ellen Foley
GEF Team Biosafety Focal Point
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
- CBD Regional Groups - Latin America and the Caribbean
- Target group: Policy makers, regulators, decision makers, scientist and the public.
Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Calle 37 #8-40 Mezanine
Santafé, Bogotá DC
- Organization: Alexander Von Humboldt Institute and The World Bank
- Type of Organization: National government
- Type of Organization: UN Agency
GEF - $$1,000,000.00
Co-financing: Gov. of Colombia - $$2,478,123.00
IBRD - $$1,000,000.00
This project builds upon the experience gained in Colombia on plant
and animal health inspection services, biodiversity conservation
and human health. It will help to consolidate Colombia's national
capacity for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on
The Government of Colombia has placed a high priority on developing
a framework as reflected in its National Development Plan by
promoting research on biodiversity friendly goods, including
supply, demand, barriers and opportunities; and, promoting such
goods and coordination of the implementation of the Biosafety
Clearing House (BCH).
Specifically, the project will develop national capacities in
biosafety required to:
(i) strengthen the legislative framework and operational mechanisms
for biosafety management in Colombia;
(ii) build capacity and establish an operational system for risk
assessment and monitoring;
(iii) establish the biosafety database system and Biosafety
(iv) support centers of excellence and a network for research, risk
assessment, and monitoring; and
(v) establish the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU).
The development of national capacities in these areas consolidated
the national framework for biosafety management.
Colombia has previously carried out self-assessments of national
capacities and gaps in the framework of the enabling activities in
climate change and biodiversity. The current project takes into
account these previous experiences and concretely builds on the
national biodiversity information system housed in the Von Humboldt
Institute. At the same time, the intersectoral working group has
raised awareness of the gaps in the national legal framework for
Biosafety and has promoted broader dialogue with all the
stakeholders. During the project preparation process, the project
team has promoted wider dialogue and consensus between the
different agencies and organizations represented by the
intersectoral working group, and has helped to achieve consensus on
national priorities in relation to LMOs. This improved
co-ordination and dialogue is a key aspect of the proposed capacity
building activity with the GEF.
National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Information exchange & data management
Regional level activities
Centres of excellence and training.
To strengthen the legislative framework and operational mechanisms
for biosafety management in Colombia.
To build capacity and establish an operational system for risk
assessment and monitoring.
To establish the national biosafety database system and Biosafety
To support centers of excellence and establishment of a network for
research, risk assessment, and monitoring.
The objective of the Project is to establish national capacity for
implementation of the National Biosafety Framework according to the
obligations of the Cartagena Protocol.
The immediate objective is build sufficient capacity to assess and
manage risks associated with the transboundary movement of LMOs
through strengthening regulatory frameworks, enhancing
institutional capacity and effective communication strategies.
- Institutional capacity
- Human resources capacity development and training
- Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
- Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Colombia was one of the leading countries in formulating the
Cartagena Protocol and is one of the first to sign and ratify the
Protocol. Colombia is also a major center of biodiversity and home
to many local and native species of agricultural crops. Recognizing
this, the national development plan gives priority to development
of capacity in Biosafety and related research on biodiversity.
While a basic capacity to regulate Living Modified Organisms (LMOs)
has been developed in some organizations, such as the Institute for
Colombian Agriculture (ICA), deeper and wider capacity building
remains a high priority, especially in a rapidly changing field
such as biosafety. Members of the National Technical Committee on
Biosafety (CTN) have received training from the International
Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) but some ministries, such as
environment, health and external trade, have yet to develop a
minimum capacity to analyze and assess risks for decision making.
This is especially true for environmental impact assessment, food
safety and allergenicity related to released LMOs, or commercial
imports for food use.
The Government of Colombia has also recognized the need to
establish an inter-ministerial mechanism to formulate national
policies and coordinate decision making on biosafety issues that
cuts across sectoral boundaries. Additionally, current regulations
only cover LMOs for agricultural use intended for release into the
environment and Regulations on other LMOs and commercial imports of
LMOs for food and feed are still being established.