BCH Capacity Building:
During BCH2 Project for “Continued Enhancement of Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House”, and in close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UNEP has delivered more than 90 national training workshops in 46 participating countries with the active involvement and participation of more than 916 public, private and academic institutions as well as civil society groups, with special emphasis on stakeholder groups identified by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) as of particular importance.
In addition, five regional workshops have been conducted in 2011–2012 to enhance the capacity of BCH National Focal Points. 69 participants attended these workshops from which 51 BCH National Focal Points representing 51 countries: 12 from the Asia-Pacific region, 9 from Latin America, 1 from Central and Eastern Europe, 13 from francophone Africa, 10 from anglophone Africa and 6 from the Caribbean. During the five regional training workshops more than 90 new basic records have been registered at the BCH central portal.
During global workshops, participants have the opportunity to share experience and discuss the current status of their National Biosafety Frameworks (NBF), as related to the Biosafety Clearing-House. They particularly raised issues on how to promote the sustainability of BCH-related functions within the responsible government agencies as this is closely linked to NBF.
Participants to the Second Biosafety Clearing House Training Workshop conducted in Maseru, Lesotho from 13-16 March 2012 as part of the project entitled “UNEP-GEF Project for continued enhancement of building capacity for effective participation in the BCH”.
Guinea participants to the first and second Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) training workshops, held from 26 February to 3 March, 2012 including an extra-day for demonstration of BCH training materials targeted to professors and teachers in academic institutions and universities, in Conakry.