National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-01-27 14:25 UTC (katrine.jaklin@genok.no)
Date of last update
2011-02-10 20:00 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2011-02-10 20:00 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
GenØk's Biosafety Capacity Building Programme
Contact person
Ms. Katrine Jaklin
Project Manager / Adviser
Biosafety Capacity-Building Programme
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
Forskningsparken i Breivika PB 6418
9294 Tromsø
Phone:+47 77 64 55 46; +47 98 25 53 09
Fax:+47 77 64 61 00
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
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
  • CBD Regional Groups - Western Europe and Others
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Senior policy-makers and regulators, senior scientists and NGO/civil society leaders from developing countries.
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • No country specified
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
GenØk - Centre for Biosafety (GenØk)
PB 6418
Siva innovasjonssenter
Tromso, Tromso
Norway, 9294
Phone:+47 77 64 66 20
Url:GenØk - Centre for Biosafety
Third World Network (TWN)
131, Jalan Macalister
Malaysia, 10400
Phone:+60 4- 226 6728,+60 4 226 6159
Fax:+60 4 226 4505,+60 4 238 4676
Url:Third World Network (TWN)
Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), UNEP, Biosafety Project, Egypt
Egypt, 00100
Fax:+2 25274700
Url:Egypt BCH
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology (GenØk)
  • Type of Organization: National government
  • Type of Organization: Research / Academic
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad) - 2003 NOK 3 millions - $400,000.00
Norwegian Agency of Development Cooperation (Norad) - 2004 NOK 5 millions - $790,500.00
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
This project is designed to provide countries with scientific and technical capacity for biosafety assessment and regulation in order for them to be able to implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety nationally. Specifically, capacities are provided for countries to conduct scientific risk assessment and risk management, and address other technical biosafety regulation needs.

Regional level activities
*Conduct research in the following: (1) Bioethics and risk governance; (2) Feeding experiments involving some potential risk factors for GM (genetically modified) food; (3) GMOs in aquatic ecosystems: pioneering ecological food-web model experiments; (4) Poxviruses in Norway: Biodiversity, characteristics and recombinations between naturally occurring and genetically engineered. For more information see http://www.genok.org/english/view_forskning.asp

*Produce a variety of publications. See http://www.genok.org/english/lesartikkel.asp?article_id=758&id2=SX3z0B9eI2MRMvGObzGiCRprz

*Offer courses. See http://www.genok.org/english/view_kurs.asp
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
*Provide an International annual 2-week course for policy makers, regulators, scientists and NGOs/civil society representatives from the developing countries": Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms".

*Create the Biosafety Assesment Tool (BAT): a free-to-the-public online resource, designed as a practical tool for the risk assessment of GMO applications for food, feed, medicine or environmental release. See http://www.inbi.canterbury.ac.nz/BAT.shtml

*Conduct a book/CD-ROM project: "Foundations of Gene Ecology and Holistic Approaches to Risk Assessment of Genetic Engineering".

*Provide a Master of Science studies with majors in Gene Ecology and Holistic GE/GMO Risk Assessment.

To increase levels of expertise in environmental fields, health and risk assessment pertaining to gene modification and the use of genetically modified organisms.

Main outcomes
*Online course: Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms. See http://www.genok.org/english/lesartikkel.asp?article_id=1412&id2=cghIAJ2gFt5S7EsIMJYsrG5vC

*Completion of the 4th International Biosafety course "Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms" (2006). See http://www.genok.org/english/lesartikkel.asp?article_id=1393&id2=7278zB7u5HXJ0T6AJe2kpHZ1I

*Memorandum of Understanding between GenØk and Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, China. See http://www.genok.org/english/lesartikkel.asp?article_id=1377&id2=sXtWPwOz243rPxU2z0ikPUDnf
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
*University of Tromsø.
*The Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (INBI), University of Canterbury