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Biosafety Awareness Surveys

In its decision BS-V/13, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety adopted a programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the period 2011-2015. In decision CP-VIII/18, extended the programme of work until 2020 with priority areas and activities.

Under operational objective 2.1 of the programme of work Parties are invited to conduct baseline surveys to ascertain the level of public awareness and evaluate public awareness of the issues regarding LMOs. In accordance with operational objective 2.1 of the programme of work, the Secretariat has developed a survey form template that could be adapted, expanded and used by Parties in undertaking the above activity. The template can be download here in English, | French, and Spanish.

To modify or expand the survey form in Word format, first unlock the document as follows: (i) Click on "tools" in the top menu bar, (ii) select "unprotect document", and then start modifying the document. After making the necessary modifications, lock the document again as follows: (i) Click on "tools" in the top menu bar, (ii) select "protect document", (iii) in the right-hand menu, under the section "editing restrictions", tick the box "allow this type of editing" and select the option "filling in forms", (iv) click on "start enforcing protection", and (v) click on "OK", with or without entering a password.

Parties are encouraged to share the analysis of their surveys through the Biosafety Information Resource Centre (BIRC) of the BCH. You may follow the following links to: register or search for a BIRC document.

Biosafety Awareness Survey Template
Survey template:
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