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Report of the regional workshop on strengthening regional cooperation and national capacity building on biosafety in Asia









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    Strengthening Biosafety in Sri Lanka - GCP/SRL/066/GFF 2023
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    Sri Lanka possesses a wealth of biological diversity and is classified as a global biodiversity hotspot. The country ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1994 and, in 2004, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which aims to address the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs). Subsequently, Sri Lanka formulated the National Policy on Biosafety and the National Biosafety Framework (NBF). In addition, MoEdrafted a specific Act addressing matters related to the safe use of modern biotechnology. However, the country needed capacity to implement the NBF. The aim of the project was to fulfil this requirement by strengthening institutional, technical and human capacity to implement the NBF in Sri Lanka.
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    Training workshop on Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House and other biosafety repository tools including FAO GM Foods Platform
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    2020
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    In order to have information on biosafety and Bhutan’s obligation as a signatory to the Cartagena Protocol for Biosafety available to users and traders, the Bhutan biosafety clearing house (BBCH) was developed, but needed revamping to ensure functionality. With technical and financial support of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the tool was developed aligning to various global tools including FAO GM Foods Platform. After the development of the national tool, a training workshop entitled “Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House and other biosafety repository tools including FAO GM Foods Platform” was organized by FAO and BAFRA in Paro from 3-5 March 2020. The training was attended by forty-five (45) officials from BAFRA head office and field offices, Biosafety Technical Working Group members and participants from relevant stakeholders like Ministry of Health (MoH), Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS), National Environment Commission (NEC), Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB), Karma Feed and National Seed Centre (NSC). The training focused on familiarizing the participants with the revamped BBCH and other biosafety information repositories. Both face-to-face and interactive online modules were used for the training and after group exercises and facilitated discussions, feedback from the workshop participants on improvement of the utility and feel of the revamped tool was provided to the training organizers.
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    Findings and perceptions on Biosafety
    ජෛව සුරක්ෂිතතාවය පිළිබඳ සොයාගැනීම් හා අදහස් | உயிரியல்பாதுகாப்பு மீதான கண்டுபிடிப்புகளும் எண்ணங்களும்
    2018
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    The aim of the booklet is to provide information on biosafety to a cross section of the population including university academics, students, persons involved in research and development in various scientific disciplines, farmers and the general public. In broad terms biosafety refers to the potential risks associated with advances in biotechnology in particular risks associated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) also known as Live Modified Organisms (LMO). With regard to GMOs the potential benefits and risks to consumers of GM products are also given consideration. In addition guidelines and regulations for the safe release of GMOs, agricultural development using genetically modified crops, research and development in genetic modification, GM products in healthcare, impacts on GM crops on biodiversity & climate change and the importance in genetic modification in sustainable development in Sri Lanka are given importance in the booklet. Furthermore biosafety in laboratories, safe use & handling of microorganisms and containment of hazardous materials were also given consideration in knowledge dissimilated in the booklet.

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