National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-11-03 09:33 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2010-01-19 12:13 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-19 12:13 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Baltic Biosafety: A Nordic-Baltic capacity-building project 
Contact person
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)
Blekholmsterrassen 36
Sweden, SE-106 48
Phone:+46 8 698 10 00
Fax:+46 8 20 29 25
Url:Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • CBD Regional Groups - Western Europe and Others
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: The target group consisted of officials in the ministries of agriculture and the environment, and in inspection bodies and institutions dealing with biosafety matters.
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • Sweden
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Type of Organization: National government
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Four workshops combined lecturers and team activities in order for the participants to apply their knowledge of their national laws and institutions on the specific subject. The subjects addressed were as follows: The first workshop dealt with contained use of genetically modified micro-organisms. Participating experts were from Finland, Denmark and Sweden. The Second workshop focused on the Biosafety Protocol. Participating experts were from Denmark (Veit Koester one of the Protocol "fathers"), Norway, Finland and Sweden. The third workshop was concerned with deliberate releases of genetically modified plants. Participating experts were from Finland and Sweden. The fourth workshop dealt with the new EU regulations on traceability and labelling, and the public participation aspect of GMOs. The experts were from Denmark and Sweden. On average, each workshop included ca. 35 participants from the Baltic States, representing the various authorities and institutions to which the project was directed. This turnout was due entirely to the knowledge and experience of the Baltic Environmental Forum, with its large network of contacts in the Baltic States.   
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
To contribute to the safe and sustainable use of modern biotechnology in the Baltic States.

To transfer experience and expertise from the relevant Swedish authorities in the area of biosafety to their counterparts in the Baltic States.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Identification of LMOs, including their detection
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
The project was financed in cooperation with counterparts in the Baltic States, the Baltic Environmental Forum (http://www.bef.lv) and the Swedish EPA.