Events

18 Apr
Central and Eastern European Regional Training of Trainers’ Workshop on the Identification and Documentation of Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

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Slovenian Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning hosted the Central and Eastern European Regional Training of Trainers’ Workshop on the Identification and Documentation of Living Modified Organisms under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety through the National Institute of Biology and Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Ljubljana, from 11 to 15 April 2011. The workshop brought together 25 participants, including customs officials and regulators nominated by their Governments, as well as resource persons familiar with existing documentation systems and scientific methods for sampling and detecting living modified organisms (LMOs). The main objective of the workshop was to introduce customs officers and other border-control personnel to the requirements of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety regarding the identification and documentation of LMOs and to techniques and methodologies that may be used for the implementation of these requirements.

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty governing the movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology from one country to another. It was adopted on 29 January 2000 as a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity and entered into force on 11 September 2003. More then 150 countries already signed the protocol. More information on protocol: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/background/

National institute of Biology, being National reference laboratory for detection of genetically modified organisms, participated with lectures on detection of genetically modified organisms as well as provided laboratory exercises for participants.