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BelarusBelarus - 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)
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.
South AfricaSouth Africa - First National BCH workshop
The South African government as a party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, recognizes the need for the implementation of Decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP), in particular: Decision BS-V/5 (d) which called upon Global Environment Facility (GEF) to "Expand its support for capacity-building for effective participation in the BCH to all eligible Parties to the Protocol"; and Decision BS VI/5.2(f) which invites the  (GEF) to “provide further support to all eligible Parties for capacity-building in the use of the Biosafety Clearing-House, based on experiences or lessons learned during the Project on Continued Enhancement of Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House".


In that respect, through the UN Environment – Global Environment Facility's generous financial support ,  South Africa organized the first National Biosafety Clearing House training workshop in Pretoria on the 13-14th September 2018.  The objectives of this training workshop were to define procedures and mechanisms for information flow onto the BCH; define roles of the Competent National Authority and National Focal Points, as well as enhance the national capacity to use the BCH Central Portal to find and register information. The training was facilitated by Dr Ossama AbdelKawy, Anglophone Africa Regional Specialist, BCH3 project UN Environment.

This training will contribute towards achieving strategic objective 5 enunciated in the strategic plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 2011 – 2020, which aims at enhancing the availability and exchange of relevant information through the Biosafety Clearing-House.
GrenadaGrenada - Grenada BCH workshop 13th -14th September 2018
Thee Ministry of Agriculture hosted the BCH 111 workshop for stake holders which was held in St George's Grenada.  Mr Fred Phillips facilitated the meeting which was well received by the participants.  Grenada has made a notable step in fulfilling it's obligation under BCH.
Biosafety Clearing-House News15th Anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018
11 September 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

To commemorate the 15th anniversary, the Secretariat prepared a series of short video clips by representatives of Parties to Biosafety Protocol, biosafety experts and other stakeholders highlighting key elements of the Biosafety Protocol. The videos are intended to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Biosafety Protocol and can be used for national and regional outreach activities. Other resources prepared by the Secretariat, by Parties and other biosafety experts have also been made available, including:

-An anniversary poster (English, French and Spanish)
-A factsheet, a banner and a poster on the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
-A webinar and media articles

In addition, a number of info graphics have been made available prepared by participants to the online discussion on public awareness regarding LMOs, held from 15 March 2018 to 5 April 2018.

The 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is available at http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/15thAnniversary.shtml.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsA webinar for the 15th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018
The SCBD held a webinar for the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 11 September 2018 from 8 – 10 a.m. EDT/NY. The webinar aimed to increase the visibility of the Protocol at an international level among stakeholders that are not familiar with the elements of it. Experts from several countries - Cambodia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia and Venezuela - will make presentations.

More information is at:
https://mailchi.mp/nbsapforum/cartagenaprotocol_en

The presentations of the webinar are available at http://nbsapforum.net/forums/biosafety
PhilippinesPhilippines - Philippines turn over responsibilities to Mongolia to coordinate Asia BCH Roadmap implementation 2018-2019
The years 2016 to 2017 has been exceptional years for the Asia BCH Family as it started and continued its pursuit to strengthen its capability and undertook initiatives to pursue its goal to become "One Family" and become self sustaining. The Asia BCH roadmap, developed and approved by some Asian countries during the BCH Workshop held in Nanjing China in  2015  indeed served as catalysts in bringing together, weaving inter-personal relationships thus making it easier for the Asian countries to give their utmost cooperation in pursuit of the ABF's objectives.  It aims to build capacity towards effective implementation of the BCH through the National Focal Points and forge cooperation among Asian countries to effectively implement the Protocol.  The Philippines is grateful and thankful for the cooperation and painstaking efforts of each and every one in fulfill their respective obligations as embodied in the Asia BCH Roadmap.

Mongolia, as decided in November 2017, during the 5th BCH Workshop in  Daejon, South Korea, shall be the next to coordinate with the the Asia BCH Family the implementation of the Asia BCH Roadmap this year until 2019. It took over the coordinatorship from the Philippines (2016-2017) during the turn-over held in Ulanbataar in July 2018. Ms. Sandagdorj Bayarkhuu is the lead person for 2018-2019.

The activities of the ABF is being spearheaded by the Korea Biosafety Clearing House under the leadership of Dr. Ho Min Jang with the assistance of Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Philippines , Ms Ileana Lopez and the two BCH Regional Advisor.

Looking forward to an energized and strengthened ABF and continued cooperation/collaboration by 2020 and beyond.
BotswanaBotswana - First National Biosafety Clearing House Training Workshop: BCHIII project
The Department of Agricultural Research in collaboration with the UN Environment will be hosting the first BCHIII capacity building workshop. This training workshop is in the context of the UN Environment – Global Environment Facility initiatives for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III). More...
MaldivesMaldives - First Maldives National BCH Workshop
The first national workshop on the Biosafety Clearing House under the UNEP-GEF project for sustainable capacity building for effective participation in the BCH (BCH III) was held from 6-7 August 2018 at Asaree Maalam, Male’, Maldives. The purpose of this 2 day workshop was training and awareness for key stakeholders. A total of 22 participants from 10 organizations completed the training where the participants were pre-registered to a Virtual Learning Environment. The participants contributed to the workshop objectives through brainstorming sessions, trainings through interactive modules, presentations and discussions.
GhanaGhana - 2018 BCH Workshop
The first 2018 BCH training workshop was organized by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) in the Prof. E.C. Quaye conference hall at the NBA Secretariat on Thursday, 23rd August, 2018. The opening remarks was delivered by the CEO of the NBA, Mr. Eric A. Okoree. The objective of the workshop was to enlighten participants on the usage of the BCH website and to equip them with skills needed to effectively contribute information on their respective institutions unto the BCH website. Participants were initially introduced to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with emphasis on articles on the respective national obligations.  Part of the time was also devoted to finding information. The exercise also included practical work in which the participants tried their hands on issues in the BCH.
ZambiaZambia - Second BCH Workshop
The Zambian 2nd National BCH Workshop oganized by The Zambian National Biosafety Authority in collaboration with the UN Environment was held 8-9 August 2018 IN Livinatone. The workshop was held in the context of the UN Environment  – Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH III). it targeted key Government representatives with responsibilities for implementing the Biosafety Protocol, particularly those that will update and use the BCH as a means of fulfilling the national obligations set forth in the protocol. The representatives will include the BCH’s National Focal Point (NFP), National Authorized Users (NAUs), Competent National Authorities (CNAs), and other information providers and 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 12 participants from various institutions of the country. The opening remarks were given by Dr Mr Lackson Tonga (CEO of the National Biosafety Authority) and Dr Soko (the Acting district commissioner, Livingstone) and Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa regional Specialist, the BCH3 project, UN Environment).
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsCall for submission of media articles on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
The SCBD is holding a media contest for media to submit an article on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for the 15th anniversary of the entry into force of the Protocol by 6 September 2018. The SCBD will select and reward media representatives. The articles will form part of a media campaign to increase the visibility of the Protocol. We encourage the dissemination of a media advisory to relevant media in your country. Please find the media advisory at https://bch.cbd.int/doc/cp-mediaadvisory-2018-07-en.pdf?dowload.
SenegalSenegal - Atelier sur l’aperçu des systèmes de réglementation de la biosécurité du Sénégal, du Brésil et des Etats-Unis d’Amérique
L’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal en partenariat avec le Département de l’Agriculture des Etats-Unis (USDA-FAS), a organisé le 26 juillet 2018 à Dakar, un atelier national de partage sur les cadres de réglementation de la biosécurité au Sénégal, au Brésil et aux Etats-Unis d’Amérique.

L’objectif général visé par la rencontre était de permettre aux participants, à travers un échange d’expériences, d’être suffisamment outillés pour contribuer à la mise en place d’un système adéquat de réglementation des biotechnologies modernes.

Les objectifs spécifiques visés consistaient à :
- faire l’état des lieux des différents systèmes de réglementation de la biosécurité au Etats-Unis, au Brésil et au Sénégal ;
- échanger sur les expériences des trois pays concernés pour en tirer des leçons à partager en la matière ;
- recueillir des avis et recommandations sur les possibilités de réajustement des systèmes de réglementation de la biosécurité ;
- renforcer les capacités des participants en matière d’analyse, d’élaboration et de mise en œuvre d’un système de réglementation des biotechnologies modernes favorisant leur utilisation sécurisée.
SenegalSenegal - Atelier ouest africain pour la réglementation de la biotechnologie animale
Du 23 au 25 juillet 2018, s’est tenu à Dakar un atelier sous régional sur la réglementation de la biotechnologie animale. Organisé conjointement par le Département de l’Agriculture des Etats Unis d’Amérique (USDA-FAS) et l’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal, l’atelier a vu la participation :
- de régulateurs de biosécurité du Burkina Faso, de la Côte d’Ivoire, du Mali, du Niger et du Sénégal ;
- de représentants de l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) ;
- d’experts de l’Université de Virginia Tech, du cadre national de biosécurité du Brésil et de l’African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE du NEPAD).

La rencontre a permis de passer en revue :
- le rapport du Groupe de Haut Niveau de l’Union Africaine sur le forçage génétique (gene drive) pour le contrôle et l’élimination du paludisme en Afrique ;
- les potentialités qu’offrent les biotechnologies animales dans les différents secteurs de l’industrie et de la production animales ;
- les approches réglementaires de biosécurité de différents pays et des espaces sous régionaux ouest africains (CEDEAO, UEMOA) ;
- les principes généraux de l’évaluation des risques ainsi que des études de cas en biotechnologies animales, ;
- le partage d’expériences sur la réglementation relative à l’utilisation des insectes génétiquement modifiés ;
- les enjeux du partenariat dans la promotion des biotechnologies modernes et dans la réglementation et la définition de politique en matière de biosécurité ;
- le défi réglementaire pour la prise de décisions fondés sur la science et l’évaluation des risques face aux préoccupations du public
- la communication et la sensibilisation envers le public.
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands - Solomon Islands Holds First National BCH Workshop
A news item covered by Island Sun Newspaper of Solomon Islands first national biosafety clearing house workshop held on 30th & 31st May 2018. More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de validation de la Stratégie nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal
Le 16 juillet 2018, s’est tenu à Dakar l’atelier de validation de la première Stratégie nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal. Initié depuis environ deux mois par l’Autorité nationale de Biosécurité, ce processus participatif et inclusif a permis de combler un important gap de planification stratégique prenant en compte l’alignement au Plan Stratégique du Protocole de Cartagena et s’inscrivant dans le contexte actuel de révision et d’amélioration de la loi sur la biosécurité. La rencontre a vu la participation des différentes parties prenantes, notamment les services étatiques et les organisations de la société civile.
La cérémonie officielle a été présidée par le Secrétaire Général du Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement durable Monsieur Amadou Lamine GUISSE.
La Stratégie nationale de biosécurité s’appuie sur la vision suivante :
« A l’horizon 2030, l’utilisation des biotechnologies modernes est sécurisée au Sénégal, pour contribuer à la préservation de l’environnement, la conservation et l’utilisation durable de la diversité biologique, tout en veillant à la santé humaine et animale et en tenant compte des valeurs culturelles et socioéconomiques. »
Trois axes stratégiques ont ainsi été définis :
 Amélioration du cadre législatif, réglementaire et institutionnel en matière de biosécurité et de biotechnologies.
 Promotion de l’utilisation sécurisée des biotechnologies (Dispositif de veille, de surveillance, d’évaluation des risques et de recherche en matière de biosécurité et de biotechnologies).
 Coordination, communication, sensibilisation et mise en synergie sur la biosécurité et les biotechnologies.
NicaraguaNicaragua - Primer Taller Nacional del Centro de Intercambio de Información de Seguridad en la Biotecnología para Nicaragua, 11 – 12 julio de 2018, Managua-Nicaragua
El Primer Taller Nacional del Centro de Intercambio de Información de Seguridad en la Biotecnología para Nicaragua se realiza el 11 – 12 julio de 2018, en el Hotel Camino Real Managua-Nicaragua.
El objetivo del taller es: "Analizar los mecanismos existentes para utilización efectiva del CIISB, identificando los procedimientos operativos establecidos en el país para la gestión de la bioseguridad y las
necesidades y oportunidades de capacitación o entrenamiento correspondientes. Se busca
establecer enlaces efectivos entre los distintas partes y sectores interesados".
Al Taller asisten más de 50 personas pertenecientes a diferentes instituciones públicas del gobierno de Nicaragua, entre ellas el Ministerio del Ambiente y los Recursos Naturales, Ministro de Fomento, Industria y  Comercio, el Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria, el Instituto Nicaragüense de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Ministerio de Salud, Dirección General de Aduanas.
Las actividades se llevan a cabo en un ambiente de cooperación e interés por conocer aspectos del Protocolo de Cartagena, el CIISB y las regulaciones nacionales de bioseguridad.
Nicaragua está comprometida a consolidar los procedimientos necesarios y las relaciones interinstitucionales para manejar el tema de bioseguridad de manera responsable con el ambiente y la sociedad.
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands - Establishment of national BCH essential for local information dissemination
A news item from Island Sun by Ms Loretta Brigidia Manele. This is covering Pacific region expert, Mr. Samuela Fonua remarks and comments during a two days workshop in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 30th-31st May 2018. More...
Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands - Solomon Islands First national BCH Workshop
A news item from Island Sun by Ms Loretta Brigidia Manele. This reports on number of items and themes covered during a two days workshop in Honiara, Solomon Islands. More...
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de formation et de sensibilisation du Service National de l'Hygiène
Les 02 et 03 juillet 2018, l’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal a organisé un atelier de formation et de sensibilisation, à l’endroit du Service National de l’Hygiène. Cette rencontre a vu la participation d’une trentaine d’agents du service d’hygiène, provenant des différentes régions du Sénégal.
Les objectifs visés par l’atelier étaient :
- d’informer et de sensibiliser la cible visée sur les biotechnologies modernes pour un meilleur exercice de son rôle de contrôle, notamment sur les OGM ;
- de lui offrir l’opportunité d’une mise à niveau sur le cadre légal et réglementaire  et sur les défis actuels en matière de biosécurité ;
- de recueillir des propositions d’amélioration du cadre légal et réglementaire. 
Les principales thématiques développées ont porté sur :
1. Les Organismes génétiquement modifiés (éléments de définition, domaines d’applications et avantages)
2. L’analyse des risques liés aux OGM (évaluation, gestion et communication sur les risques)
3. Le régime juridique international et national de prévention et de gestion des risques relatifs à l’utilisation des biotechnologies modernes ;
4. Le Portail central de gestion de l’information sur les OGM (ou BCH) et la prévention des risques biotechnologiques (présentation générale et études de cas)
5. L’inspection et le contrôle en matière de biosécurité
6. L’organisation du cadre institutionnel national de biosécurité.