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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
4858
Status
Published
Date of creation
2003-10-27 13:54 UTC (esid@ethionet.et)
Date of last update
2010-02-01 12:53 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-02-01 12:53 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
African Union (AU) Biosafety Project
Contact person
Dr. Botlhale Octavia Tema
Directorate of Human Resources, Science & Technology
African Union
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Phone:+251-11-5517700 Ext 245
Email:dhuman@africa-union.org
Url:Africa Union
Ms. Alexandra Müeller
Division 44, Environment and Infrastructure
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit ((GTZ) GmbH )
Postfach 5180
Eschborn
Germany, 65726
Phone:+49 6196 79-7403
Email:alexandra.mueller@gtz.de
Url:Biologische Vielfalt schützen Biologische Vielfalt nutzen Nutzungsgewinn gerecht aufteilen
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • CBD Regional Groups - Africa
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: African Union member States (see http://www.africa-union.org/root/au/memberstates/map.htm)
Start Date
2005-07-01
Ending date
2010-12-31
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
African Union
P.O. Box 3243
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Phone:+251 11 551 7700
Fax:+251 11 551 7844
Url:http://au.int/en/home
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: African Union
  • Type of Organization: Regional Organization
Budget information
The total budget is approximately $2.6 million USD (2 million euros).
Activity details
Description of the initiative
This project was created in recognition of the fact that some biosafety-related activities are not fully covered by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (see http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/default.aspx) and need to be regulated additionally in national biosafety systems. Prior to the launch of this project, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) decided to develop a regional model law to support its Member States in matters of biosafety. This model law was finalized in May 2001.

The project is to provide the AU with the necessary capacity and effective instruments to support its Member States in implementing the Cartagena Protocol and using the African Model Law. The project is being implemented jointly by the AU and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project activities started in July 2005 and the project duration is three years.

Regional level activities
Activity Set 1: AU strategies

Strategies of the AU to implement the provisions of the CPB and the AMLSB are developed and will be applied at regional as well as national levels.

1) Select two experts and an administrative assistant to start the AU Biosafety Unit.
2) Select the members of the technical steering committee.
3) Establish an AU Biosafety Unit and offer specific capacity building measures to the staff.
4) Familiarize the experts with African national biosafety system through field trips to South Africa and Kenya.
5) Enhance the skills of the experts through participation at the course "Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms" at GenØk / Norway.
6) Inform the AU Member States about the project and its preparatory workshop for African delegates in March 2006 before MOP-3.
7) Prepare and convene the workshop before MOP-3.
8) Create a biosafety web page on the AU web site.
9) Create an AU database on biosafety experts.
10) Translate the African Model Law on Safety in Biotechnology into the four AU-languages.
11) Send the African Model Law and related documents to the National Biosafety Focal Points to prepare an expert workshop.
12) Develop strategy for a sustainable capacity development on biosafety that includes LMO identification.
13) Convene a meeting of biosafety experts of the AU Member States to revise the strategy paper and the African Model Law.
14) Present the revised strategy paper and the African Model Law to the ministerial level meeting.
15) Present the endorsed strategy paper and the African Model Law to the Summit of Heads of State.
16) Translate and publish the approved strategy paper and African Model Law.
17) Identify topics for guidelines and issues papers.
18) Prepare, translate and publish guidelines and issues papers.
19) In collaboration with the National Biosafety Focal Points, take public awareness measures involving parliamentarians and ministries.

Activity Set 2: Information network

A network for continuous information exchange between the AU biosafety Unit and the National Focal Points is maintained.

1) Develop an appropriate approach of the AU to report on African LMO activities and releases.
2) Publish quarterly project reports.
3) Keep alive the official contacts between the AU biosafety Unit and the NFPs.
4) Convene five regional workshops to support Member States in setting up and implementing national biosafety systems.

Activity Set 3: Proposal for a LMO identification network

Strategic options are presented to strengthen the existing technical and laboratory capacities on regional, sub-regional and national levels to identify LMOs and products thereof.

1) Appropriate project activities are to be developed based on the strategy paper and needs and decisions by the AU Member States.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
*Assistance in formulation of national biosafety laws.

*Development of technical papers, handbooks and information kits on biosafety.

*Training in risk assessment and risk management.

*Establishment of an analytical pilot laboratory in Africa for GMOs and strengthening, in a second phase, of existing national institutions.

Objectives
The Project pursues the following objectives:

•  Development of an AU Strategy to implement the provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the African Model Law on Safety in Biotechnology and itsapplication on national and regional levels.

•  A network for continuous information exchange between the AU biosafety unit and the National Biosafety Focal Points will be maintained.

•  The project provides strategic options to strengthen the existing technical and laboratory capacities on regional, sub-regional and national levels to identify GMOs and products thereof.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)