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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2013-11-15 09:05 UTC (katrine@genok.org)
Date of publication
2013-11-15 16:23 UTC (erie.tamale@cbd.int)

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General information
Title of the initiative
Eastern European Regional Course on Impact Assessment of LMOs under the Cartagena Protocol
Contact person
Ms. Katrine Jaklin
Biosafety Capacity-Building Programme
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Science Park, Forskningsparken,  PB 6418
N-9291 Tromso
Phone:+47 77 64 55 46; +47 98 25 53 09
Fax:+47 77 64 61 00,+47 77 64 64 61
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Tajikistan
  • North Macedonia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Ukraine
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turkey
  • CBD Regional Groups - Central and Eastern Europe
Type of initiative
  • Ongoing or upcoming initiative
  • Stand-alone activity
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • Professionals, specialists and technicians
  • Public interest groups (consumer groups, professional associations, NGOs, etc.)
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • Norad - The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (previously Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology) (GenØk)
PB 6418
Science Park
Tromso, Tromso
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 77 64 66 20
Fax:+47 77 64 61 00
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad)
Phone:+47 22 24 20 30
Third World Network (TWN)
131, Jalan Macalister
Malaysia, 10400
Phone:+60 4- 226 6728,+60 4 226 6159
Fax:+60 4 226 4505,+60 4 238 4676
Url:Third World Network (TWN)
Ministry of Environment, Moldova
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The course is designed to provide policy makers, regulators, scientists and NGOs/civil society leaders, from the Eastern European region with hands-on, practical training on risk assessment, and opportunities for networking with others working in this field. Through lectures, discussions, and a hands-on testing of risk assessment guidance developed under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (the "Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs"), participants will be able to learn and share experiences on the many dimensions of risk appraisal.
The regional course is open to individuals from Central and Eastern European countries. While individuals from the region will be invited to apply, full sponsorship for participation is only available to applicants from ODA countries, due to requirements from the funding agency.

From the applications 40 will be invited for participation. The sponsorship will cover curricular materials, course-associated economy-fare travel, visa-fees, accommodation and meals.

ODA countries include:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Gender and regional criteria are also used in the selection of participants in order to achieve representational balance.

Applicants from non-ODA Central and Eastern European countries, are invited to apply, yet are not eligible for financial support. These include:
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia

Selected applicants from these countries will need to be self-funded. Additionally, a course fee of Euro 150 is payable on registration to cover course materials and lunches. The costs for all other meals, flights and accommodation (Euro 60 per night at the hotel/course venue) are to be borne by self-funded applicants.
Application process
All who wish to participate in the course must fill out a course application (download at genok.com). The form must be filled out entirely and with as much detail as possible. The applicant must provide information about the type/level of position they hold and state the basis for their interest in the course. In addition, a brief CV is required for consideration.

Applications close on 12th December 2013.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Topics include:

    Key concepts and principles of risk assessment
    Evidence, uncertainty and the Precautionary Principle
    Emerging advances in risk assessment
    Environmental and health considerations
    Socioeconomic considerations
    Public participation
    Problem formulation and options assessment (PFOA)
    Operationalizing risk assessment under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB)
    Risk management and monitoring
    Liability and redress
    Testing the "Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs" developed under the CPB
    Regional issues and experiences in Biosafety
General thematic area(s)
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Measures to address unintentional and/or illegal transboundary movements of LMOs
  • Scientific biosafety research relating to LMOs
  • Technology transfer
  • Russian
  • English
Category(ies) of the initiative
  • Assessment/review
    • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Human resource development/Training
    • Seminar/workshop
    • Technical manual, guideline
    • Short-term training course
  • Institutional development
    • Administrative procedures and guidelines
    • Advisory service
  • Legal/policy development and enforcement
    • Regulatory monitoring and enforcement
  • Technical assistance
    • Expert advice
    • Institutional development
    • Technology transfer
Academic Training
Type of course or programme
  • On-site course/programme
  • Stand-alone opportunity
Training format
  • Workshop format
Duration of the programme / course
Total duration in hours.
Maximum number of students
Type of certification or accreditation
  • Certificate of attendance
Course / Programme fee(s) information
Sponsorships available for ODA-countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Self-financed plases available for non ODA-countriesin Central and Eastern Europe (Euro 150 + hotel, flight and evening meals - see website for full details).
Scholarships availability
Scholarships information
Sponsorships available for participants in ODA-countries in Central and Eastern Europe. See website for details.
Additional Information
Additional Information
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to ensure "an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, and specifically focusing on transboundary movements".

In order to manage the introduction and development of GMOs as well as trade thereof, countries are required to develop biosafety regulations which include a risk assessment in order to identify and evaluate the potential adverse effects of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in the likely potential receiving environment, taking also into account risks to human health.

Performing credible impact assessments requires multi-disciplinary scientific and social scientific competence able to consider the local context of LMO introductions. Each country needs to be able to conduct appraisals and perform evaluative reviews in order to effectively monitor and manage the introduction of LMOs into the environment. Moreover, there is a need to assess LMOs in the context of each country's unique cultural, ethical, socio-economic and policy frameworks. Such initiatives require holistic approaches and public participation to develop adequate regulation over the use of LMOs.

While the framing of risk appraisal under the Protocol is focused on environmental and health issues, advances in the field of risk assessment recognize the complexities and interconnectivity of the social, economic and ethical dimensions related to the potential broader impacts that may be associated with the use or introduction of LMOs.

This progress in understanding, however, is challenged by a lack of understanding, expertise and scientific knowledge necessary to integrate, not only the environmental dimensions, but also the ethical, economic and social considerations, including inputs from the public, within their regulatory frameworks. Moving from the principles of risk assessment and integrating progress to risk assessment practice is thus a key challenge for advancing LMO appraisals under the Cartagena Protocol.
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