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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-04-27 09:02 UTC (esten.odegaard@dirnat.no)
Date of last update
2010-02-01 11:19 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-02-01 11:19 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Assistance to build capacity for the implementation of the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Contact person
Mr Svein Aage Mehli
Coordinator for Development Assistance
Directorate for Nature Management
Tungasletta 2
Norway, 7485
Phone:+ 47 73580500
Fax:+ 47 73580501
Url:Directorate for Nature Management
Dr Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika
Executive Director
National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR)
P. O. Box 310158
International Airport Road
Zambia, 15302
Phone:00 260 128 1081--6
Fax:00 260 128 3533 / 260 1 281084
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • CBD Regional Groups - Africa
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Government of Zambia, Ministry of Science Technology and Vocational Training
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • Norway
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: The Zambian National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR), The Zambian Ministry of Science, Technology and Vocational Training
  • Type of Organization: Research / Academic
  • Type of Organization: National government
Budget information
Government of Norway contributes US$  480 000 (NOK 3 Mill.)
Government of Zambia contributes US$   72 340
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Component 1 is focusing on public awareness and the legislation on biotechnology and biosafety, which is dependent on the Parliament's approval of the Biosafety Bill.  The Bill is a precondition for implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Component 2 deals with capacity building at NISIR as the Biosafety Focal Point.

Purpose, Component 1

The Biosafety bill has been approved by the Parliament and subsequently signed by the President

Purpose, Component 2

NISIR is in a position to perform its function as National Biosafety Focal Point in accordance with provisions of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. 

3.4.3 Outputs - Component 1

The three main outputs under this component are:

Output 1: The Bill on Biotechnology and Bio-safety has been developed and submitted to the Ministry of Legal Affairs

Output 2: The general public has been consulted on the regulatory framework;

Output 3: A National Biosafety Authority has been formed and operationalised
3.4.4 Outputs - Component 2

The seven main Outputs under this component are:

Output 1: The NISIR is in a position to carry out its responsibilities as Project Manager;

Output 2: Public knowledge on biotechnology and biosafety has been enhanced;

Output 3: Required facilities and infrastructure have been established;

Output4: Adequate and appropriate human resources in biotechnology and biosafety have been established and are in operation;

Output 5: NISIR has the capacity and facilities to detect GMOs

Output 6: A national Bio-technology and Bio-safety information system (National Biosafety Clearing House) has been developed and is operational)

Output 7: Regional cooperation within the SADC region has been established
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
1. To assist the Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of Science Technology and Vocational Training, to establish a national framework for handling biosafety issues, including a biosafety bill and for raising public awareness.

2. To build capacity and establish a laboratory for detection and analysis of GMOs at the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
Additional Information
Additional Information
see attached document

Other collaborating organizations
The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management

The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board

The National Veterinary Institute of Norway
Other relevant website address or attached documents