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SenegalSenegal - Atelier de formation sur le BCH
L’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité (ANB) du Sénégal a organisé un atelier de formation sur le BCH, les 14 et 15 mai 2018, à Saly.

Le Sénégal ayant eu à bénéficier de plusieurs sessions de formation lors du projet BCH 2, la présente rencontre vient d'une part consolider les acquis du passé et d'autre part favoriser une mise à niveau des parties prenantes au niveau desquelles des changements de représentativité ont été noté dans les organes nationaux de régulation sur la biosécurité.

Le principal objectif visé par l’atelier était de fournir aux participants une bonne compréhension du BCH, en tant que cadre majeur d’échange d’informations relatives aux OGM, aux biotechnologies modernes et à la biosécurité.
Plus spécifiquement, il s’est agi de passer en revue :
- la recherche sur le BCH de l’information sur les OGM, les biotechnologies modernes et le cadre de biosécurité qui les réglemente ;
- le format des enregistrements nationaux au BCH, de même que les bonnes pratiques pour l'enregistrement et la publication des informations ayant trait aux OGM et à la biosécurité ;
- l’amélioration de l’expertise nationale sur le BCH à travers la mise en place d’un réseau d’utilisateurs nationaux autorisés, les échanges sur la réalisation d’un portail national BCH et d’un système de gestion des informations techniques, scientifiques, environnementales et juridiques sur les biotechnologies modernes et la biosécurité.

L’atelier a vu la participation d’une vingtaine de personnes représentant les structures du gouvernement et de la société civile.
SenegalSenegal - Atelier de lancement du processus d'élaboration de la Stratégie Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal
Dans le cadre de la mise en oeuvre du Protocole de Cartagena, l’Autorité Nationale de Biosécurité du Sénégal a lancé le processus d’élaboration de la Stratégie Nationale de Biosécurité.

A ce titre, elle a convié plusieurs personnes ressources issues de plusieurs structures (administration nationale, société civile, experts es qualité) à un atelier de planification qui s’est tenu du 24 au 27 avril 2018, à Saly.

L’objectif général de l’atelier était d’aider à la définition participative et inclusive des orientations de la stratégie nationale de biosécurité (2019-2023). Plusieurs objectifs spécifiques étaient visés, à savoir :
- Faire l’état des lieux des actions relatives à la biosécurité menées au Sénégal (y compris les pratiques traditionnelles) ;
- Analyser le cadre juridique et institutionnel ;
- Identifier et caractériser les différents acteurs ;
- Identifier les contraintes, les forces, les opportunités et les menaces liées à la biosécurité ;
- Identifier les besoins en matière de transfert de technologie, de collaboration et de coopération ;
- Définir une vision, des axes stratégiques et des objectifs pour la stratégie de biosécurité ;
- Identifier les principes d’action ;
- Elaborer un plan d’action opérationnel chiffré pour la mise en œuvre de la stratégie.

Cette première étape sera suivie par la rédaction du draft de document de la Stratégie nationale de biosécurité et de son plan d'action. Ledit document fera l'objet de réunions et d'atelier de partage afin de doter le Sénégal d'orientations stratégiques et d'assurer ainsi une bonne base de prise de décision pour la mise en oeuvre du cadre national de biosécurité.
PhilippinesPhilippines - Ph Capacity building and awareness raising continues
On 22-25 February 2018, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry organized a capacity-enhancement activity for additional/new set of regulators from the Bureau of Animal Industry. Experts from different agencies/industries were invited to share their knowledge and experiences with  the participants in biosafety management of GM crops. Presentations included the basic and modern biotechnology and its products, history of regulations, the domestic and international laws that govern modern biotechnology, current trends and new and emerging breeding techniques. The activity aims to enhance the capability of new members of the Competent National Authorities to do safety assessment of agri biotech products, specifically those intended for food, feed and processing. The main features and information in the Biosafety Clearing House were also presented, which the regulators found useful as reference in their work.  

The second half of the Workshop were devoted mainly to the conduct of  safety assessment of applications for direct use consistent with the risk assessment tools of Codex Alimentarius and Annex III of the Protocol. The said activity is part of the continuing program of the government in building the capacity of regulators, raising awareness not only about the technology but more so on the guidelines and pertinent laws that govern biosafety management of agri biotech products.

Julieta Fe L. Estacio
Project Development Officer IV, DOST
Head Secretariat, NCBP and DOST-BC
and National Focal Point, BCH
UgandaUganda - UGANDA FIRST NATIONAL BCH WORKSHOP 21-22 MARCH 2018
Uganda's first BCH National Training workshop was conducted from 21-22 March in Entebbe; attracting participants from government agencies, ministries, academia, research institutes, farmers federation among others. Participants were taken through the national obligations benefits of participating in the CPB and the BCH and taught how to find information, upload information and how to access training and information materials from the Virtual Learning Environment and the Help system on the BCH-3 website and the BCH central portal. More...
PanamaPanama - Aviso de Convocatoria, Representantes de la Sociedad Civil, Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad para los OGMs
La Secretaría Técnica de la Comisión Nacional de Bioseguridad para los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados (STCNB), informa que desde las 8:00 a.m. del 5 de abril hasta las 4:00 p.m. del 4 de mayo de 2018, se estará recibiendo al correo electrónico de la STCNB: secretariatecnica.cnb@gmail.com, los candidatos postulados a participar como representantes de la Sociedad Civil en la CNB para los Organismos Genéticamente Modificados, sean personas naturales o jurídicas del sector comercial, salud, agropecuario, ambiental y de las universidades panameñas. More...
RwandaRwanda - Rwanda First National Training workshop on BCH
Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop 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) from 28-29 March 2018, at La Palisse Golden Tulip Hotel, Nyamata, Rwanda. 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 30 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by Ms. Marie Laetitia Busokeye , Head of Department of Environmental Planning, Research and Development, Mr Emmanuel Kabera, the CPB and BCH focal Point for Rwanda and Mr Rami Abdel-Malik ( the BCH3 project Manager), UN Environment. Sessions were given by and   Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) and Rachel Shibalira (Regional Advisor) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
The presentations on country status were given by Mr Emmanuel Kabera.
ZimbabweZimbabwe - Zimbabwe First National BCH Workshop
The National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop 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) from 15-16 March 2018, at the Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Centre (ZHPCC), Harare, Zimbabwe. 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 40 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, universities, research institutions, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by DR. Obatolu-Ushewokunze , Interim Board Chairperson for the NBA advisory board, Dr Jonathan Mufandaedza, CEO& Registrar, National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe, Emmanuel Kabali, Food and Agriculture  Organization (FAO) and   Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa Regional Specialist) the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire - ATELIER NATIONAL DE FORMATION DES PARTIES PRENANTES CLES SUR LE CEPRB
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du « Projet BCH 3 du PNUE-FEM pour le renforcement durable des capacités en vue d’une participation effective au Centre d’Echange pour la Prévention des Risques Biotechnologiques » le Ministère de la Salubrité, de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable, en collaboration avec l’ONU Environnement, a organisé un atelier national de formation des Parties prenantes clés sur le portail international de biosécurité. More...
NamibiaNamibia - Namibia first national biosafety clearing house workshop
The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) in collaboration with the UN Environment organized the First National BCH capacity building workshop 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) from 6-8 March 2018 In Okahandja, Namibia. 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 23 participants from governmental ministries, agencies, farmers, agroprocessors, media offices and NGOs. The opening remarks were given by Mr Vincent Nowaseb (General Manager of Innovation and Technology Development) and facilitated by Paulus Mungeyi (Biotechnology Manager), Lavinia Mbongo (Biosafety inspector) all from NCRST and  Dr Ossama AbdelKawy (anglophone Africa regional Specialist), and David Hafashimana (regional Advisor) of the BCH3 project, UN Environment.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsPress release: The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress enters into force, 5 March 2018.
The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety enters into force, 5 March 2018.
Biosafety Clearing-House NewsResources for the celebration of the entry into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress
A downloadable/printable poster and a new factsheet are now available for the celebration of the entry into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, 5 March 2018. More...