Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Between 1st July 2011 and 27th November 2012, more than 2,960 different users from more than 116 countries (more than twice the amount of BCH2 project participating countries) have used this virtual learning platform to access the BCH training materials, with more than 120,000 virtual course pages visited.
Currently the platform also includes several webinars about BCH-related issues and activities which answer more immediate requests. These include: an Introduction to the Cartagena Protocol; Registering national and reference information; Finding information with the help of the BCH practical problem-solving tools; Management by national authorized users; National biosafety website development, using the Hermes tool provided by the CBD Secretariat; and Integrating BCH information into national websites using the Ajax plug-in.
While building upon and extending achievements of the first BCH project, the BCH2 project placed even stronger emphasis on specific approaches for the sustainability of BCH functions beyond project’s lifetime.
(a) The training of trainers approach:
(b) Promoting the role of academia in mainstreaming biosafety issues:
(c) Supporting the establishment of information-sharing roles and their internalization in the job descriptions of country representatives: