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National Node of the BCH
Actividades, proyectos y oportunidades de creación de capacidad
Solicitud de información y estado
Identificación del registro
7057
Situación
Publicado
Fecha de creación
2004-11-08 23:06 UTC (Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org)
Fecha de la última actualización
2009-02-24 14:26 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-02-24 14:26 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

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Información general
Tipo de iniciativa
EN
FAO Project on Strengthening the National Capacity in Biotechnology and Biosafety in Grenada (TCP/GRN/2902)
Persona de contacto
Dr. Andrea Sonnino
Senior Agricultural Research Officer
Research and Technology Development Service
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome
Italia
Phone:+39 65 705 5499
Fax:+39 65 705 3801
Email:Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org
Url:FAO - Research and Technology Development (SDRR) - Biotechnology and biosafety
País(es) beneficiario(s)
  • Granada
  • Grupos regionales del CDB - América Latina y el Caribe
Tipo de iniciativa
Grupo principal de destinatario(s) / beneficiarios
  • Target group: Members of the national biosafety committee, technicians and officers involved in the RA process, university teachers, extensionists, port authority officers, sustainable development committee members, plant quarantine officers, and small-scale farmers
Fecha de inicio
2003-12-01
Fecha de finalización
2006-01-18
Donante(s) de información
Agencia(s) u organización(es) que aplican o patrocinan la iniciativa
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome
Italia, 00100
Phone:+39 06 5 7051
Fax:+39 06 5705 3152
Email:biotech-website@fao.org
Url:Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Agencia(s) u organización(es) que aplican o apoyan la iniciativa (Información suplementaria)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Información presupuestaria
EN
237,000 USD
Detalles de la actividad
Descripción de la iniciativa
EN
Increased food self-sufficiency through increased domestic food production, import substitution and agro-industrial development is a government priority.
Modern biotechnology, if properly managed and integrated with other technologies, is a powerful tool to improve, agricultural production in developing countries, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The development of modern biotechnology, therefore, requires the establishment of a biosafety system, including legal, scientific, technical, and administrative mechanisms that regulate its application and address safety for the environment, including humans, of GMOs
The development of a legislative biosafety framework is therefore deemed essential to the safe introduction of GMOs. Biosafety legislation is also required to comply with the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol. The establishment of a biosafety legislative framework must be accompanied by the development of appropriate human capacities and skills, especially in the area of GMO risk assessment that is necessary for the implementation of biosafety legislation. In particular, before making any decision about the release of GMOs into the environment, the inherent risks must be carefully evaluated in order to identify the measures necessary to avoid or minimize any possible hazard.

National level activities
*Formulate a biosafety bill;

*Train officers indirectly involved in the national biosafety system on general biotechnology concepts and the basic principles of biosafety;

*Train the National Biosafety Committee and other staff directly involved in the national biosafety system, in all the matters related to risk analysis of GMO utilization;

*Develop an information and communication strategy to raise awareness of possible benefits and potential risks of biotechnology application.
Objetivo, principales resultados esperados o lección aprendida
EN
Goals
*Develop biosafety legislation, which will take into account the local conditions and requirements, comply with international obligations and regulate the import, testing, cultivation, and commercial exploitation of GMOs;

*Improve the skills of the National Biosafety Committee members and other relevant officers and technicians in risk analysis of GMOs utilization;

*Enhance the awareness of the public and farmers of the potential benefits and possible risks of modern biotechnology applications in Grenada.

Objectives
The objectives are to:
• develop a biosafety legislation, which will take into account the local conditions and requirements, comply with international obligations and regulate the import, testing, cultivation, and commercial exploitation of GMOs;
• improve skill of the National Biosafety Committee members and other relevant officers and technicians in risk analysis of GMOs utilization;
• enhance public and farmers' awareness of the potential benefits and possible risks of modern biotechnology applications in Grenada.

The main outputs of the project are:

• a draft biosafety bill formulated, which is consistent with the national legislation in force and in harmony with existing international conventions (e.g., CBD, Cartagena Protocol, International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, IPPC, Codex Alimentarius, etc.) and which considers national needs and local conditions;

• about 50 officers from relevant ministries or other authorities, indirectly involved in the national biosafety system, trained on general biotechnology concepts and the basic principles of biosafety;

• about 20 members of the National Biosafety Committee and other staff, directly involved in the national biosafety system, trained in all the matters related to risk analysis of GMO utilization;

• an information/communication strategy and a multimedia work plan to raise awareness of possible benefits and potential risks of biotechnology application and the importance of the safe transfer, handling and use of GMOs in agriculture developed, information materials prepared, validated and released and communication activities launched.   
Zonas(s) temática(s) generales
  • Capacitación institucional
  • Colaboración científica, técnica e institucional en nivel sub-regional, regional e internacional
  • Sensibilización, participación y educación en seguridad de la biotecnología
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
  • LMO use and transboundary movement