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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
198
Status
Published
Date of creation
2002-11-01 16:11 UTC (sarah.lukie@croplife.org)
Date of last update
2010-01-19 12:50 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-19 12:50 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

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General information
Title of the initiative
EN
Global Industry Coalition Regional Website Initiative
Contact person
Ms. Sarah Lukie
Managing Director, Regulatory and Multi-lateral Affairs
Plant Biotechnology
Global Industry Coalition (GIC)
c/o CropLife International
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20005
Phone:+1 202 833 4486
Email:sarah.lukie@croplife.org
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • CBD Regional Groups - Africa
  • CBD Regional Groups - Asia and the Pacific
  • CBD Regional Groups - Central and Eastern Europe
  • CBD Regional Groups - Latin America and the Caribbean
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Developing Countries
Start Date
2006-01-01
Ending date
2006-12-31
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Global Industry Coalition
c/o CropLife International
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20005
Phone:+1 202 833 4486
Email:sarah.lukie@croplife.org
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
1201 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 900
Washington, DC
United States of America, 20024
Phone:+1 202 962 9200
Fax:+1 202 488 6303
Email:info@bio.org
Url:http://www.bio.org
Monsanto Company
800 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
United States of America, 63167
Phone:+1 314 694-1000
Url:Monsanto Company
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Type of Organization: Industry
Budget information
EN
Syngenta - $24150
American Seed Trade Association - $10000
Monsanto Company - $5000
Biotechnology Industry Organization - $3500
DuPont - $9000
Availability of funds for participants
Yes
Activity details
Description of the initiative
EN
The idea for the GIC's Regional Website Initiative is based on the successful Central and Eastern European (CEE) website, developed and supported by the Dutch government's MATRA Project.  The CEE website offers information on CEE countries' biosafety regulations, guidelines and other developments, as well as information on regional and sub-regional activities. 

During the July 2001 meeting of the Open-Ended Expert Meeting on Capacity-Building for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, countries prepared a Draft Action Plan for Building Capacities for the Effective Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.  In this draft Action Plan, countries identified a number of key capacity-building elements requiring concrete action, including:
- technical and telecommunications infrastructure, as part of institutional capacity-building;
- information exchange and data management;
- awareness, participation and education at all levels including for decision-makers, stakeholders and general public; and
- scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at sub-regional, regional and international levels.

They specifically identified establishing regional websites and databases as one means of meeting these goals.

The GIC organized this capacity-building project to assist developing countries in meeting their identified need for enhanced information sharing through the establishment and maintenance of regional websites.  The websites use specially-designed software to allow designated regional coordinators or facilitators as well as participating countries to post and control content on the status of their domestic biosafety regulations, guidelines and other development on the site from existing desktop computers.  The GIC made available a blank regional website for each region, containing the custom-designed software.  The GIC's web design consultants for this project conducted training exercises, and were available via email and telephone to regional coordinators and participating countries for a period of three months from the date of the launch of each website to answer any questions or assist with any technical difficulties.  The GIC has arranged for each regional website to be maintained on a professional server for a minimum three year period.

National level activities
Information exchange & data management
Public awareness, education and participation
Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration

Regional level activities
Regional collaborative initiatives
Regional websites and databases
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
EN
Goals
*To assist with regional collaboration in the GRULAC, CEE, Asia-Pacific and Africa regions in the field of biosafety.

*To help participating countries offer public information on the status of their domestic biosafety regulations, guidelines and other developments.

*To promote awareness and information-sharing.

Objectives
The GIC seeks to assist developing countries in meeting their identified need for enhanced information sharing through establishment and maintenance of regional websites that allow for direct input and control of content by countries and their agreed representatives.

Main outcomes
http://www.croplife.org/
General thematic area(s)
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Additional Information
Additional Information
EN
Other collaborating organizations
American Seed Trade Association
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Monsanto Company
Syngenta
DuPont