Awareness materials such as brohures and fact sheets have been developed and updated as well as an awareness workshop.
There is a strategic communication plan developing in 2015.
The Association of Reflection of Exchanges and Actions for Environment and Development (AREA-ED) has a project on "public participation in the bio safety process" that promotes awareness to GMO issues.
The Association of Reflection of Exchanges and Actions for Environment and Development (AREA-ED) has a project on "public participation in the bio safety process" that promotes awareness to GMO issues.
There have been several awareness-building workshops abd meetings organized for different stakeholders.
The University of West Indies has a Master's degree programme in biosafety, including a course on legal aspects of biosafety. The courses in biosafety are for biosafety expertise associated with the use of modern biotechnology products in trade and to promote the benefits, awareness and understanding of modern biotechnology and biosafety. The courses are held both online and face-to-face meetings. The objectives are to create a cadre of skilled biosafety experts with knowledge of biotechnology in the region, sustain the benefits of biotechnology while demonstrate the need for its safe application, provide students with biosafety skills in biotechnology and the ability to identify the risks involved and provide a response to both national and regional bio safety needs among various stakeholders as outlined in the Cartagena Protocol on Bio safety.
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus of the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (IGC NAS Belarus) has a National Co-ordination Biosafety Centre (NCBC) that provides a number of biosafety educational resources, including online modules, biosafety courses and educational articles available on the website at the link http://biosafety.by/ . The online modules are on GMO biosafety issues, including for laboratories on GMO detection on new methods of GMO detection and identification and for the experts who provide GMO risk assessment, for persons who responsible for GMO authorization and for the public concerned . There is also education and training courses and seminars in collaboration with the Aarhus Centre (http://www.aarhusbel.com/), including a presentation on "Sharing Experience in the Field of Education and Raising Public Awareness of Biosafety Issues" and "Public Participation in Biosafety Issues" (http://www.biosafety.by/konferentsii/). Books and guidelines are also available through the link for the primary, secondary and tertiary level, including the Belarusian State University course on Microbiology Cathedra "Transgenic Eucariotic Microorganisms" (http://www.bio.bsu.by/microbio/kursy_transgen_eukariot_org.html). Finally, there is also educational materials, including articles for outreach purposes (www.biosafety.by/publikatsii/ and www.biosafety.by/chavo/) and speches on radio and television - Example).
There is an awareness programs to promote biosafety awareness at the regional and district level. Through projects, there are also provisions for conducting public consultation and the rights to the public for information.
The Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of University of Sarajevo undertakes biosafety education for experts.
The Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of University of Sarajevo undertakes biosafety education for experts.
There is collaboration with the Regional Agricultural and Environmental Innovation Network -Africa (RAEIN-AFRICA) to conduct public awareness campaigns on biotecnology and biosafety.
Public consultation for decision-making on GMOs is a common practice for over 10 years. There are also provisions for access to information to supports biosafety.
Within 45 days after the Advisory Commission on GMOs delivers an opinion on an application for release of a GMO into the environment, the government organizes a public consultation (e.g. public hearing). For example, during a public hearing, a summary is provided of the application of an GMO and the risk assessment as well as the Commission?s opinions. No later than 30 days prior to the hearing, the subject, date and venue of public consultation as well as the place where the necessary information is available to stakeholders are announced on the Internet site, in one national daily newspaper and by posting notices local government offices where an GMO will be released. When considering placing on the market of GMOs, the government makes public relevant information, including a risk assessment report. The hearing is held within 30 days. The government then summarizes the remarks and comments made during the consultation and sends them to the European Commission. That procedure is carried out only when the assessment report states that the GMO may be placed on the market. In addition, a website is maintained with public registers of, among others,: issued permits for release of GMOs into the environment; and the location and size of the areas authorized for the release of GMOs.
C'est le programme en mati+É-®re de sensibilisation et de diffusion sur la pr+É-™vention des risques biotechnologiques. Il s'agit d'un programme national qui est aussi ex+É-™cut+É-™ au niveau local (dans les r+É-™gions). L'information du public se fait par voie de presse (conf+É-™rences, radios, t+É-™l+É-™visions, journaux) lorsqu'une d+É-™cision est prise ou lorsque des pr+É-™occupations sont soulev+É-™es par les populations. D+É-®s que cela est possible, l'adresse du CEPRB est communiqu+É-™e au public (exemple: sur les d+É-™pliants produits) et dans certains cas, son utilisation est expliqu+É-™ (lors des s+É-™ances de sensibilisation et d'information du public).
There is a curricula for grade 12 related to biosafety. There is also an annual TV debate on biosafety. In addition, several surveys on public opinion and presence of LMOs have been conducted.
There is a communications and awareness raising strategy to faciliate the activities. As a result, several outreach materials such as posters, flyers, notebooks and folders have been developed and disseminated. Outreach activities such as press interviews, radio and television interviews have also been carried out. In addition, public participation of biosafety issues have been promoted such as taking place at least once per year for 3 experimentation sites of confined field trials and for open field trials. The decisions taken regarding intentional introduction of GM cotton has been made available to the public and authorities of the Northern regions. Public participation has also taken place through forums such as the forum on GM cotton and the national forum on the utilisation of GMOs. There are educational materials for training on biosafety such as lecture notes for Master's programmes in Biotechnology, Biochemistry and the Molecular Diagnostics. There is also a course offered by the Universities of Yaounde I and Buea.
"The Jiaotong University of Shanghai has public awreness activities all year round. There are also summer camps as part of the National and Municipal Week of Science Popularization and Science Popularization Day for public understanding of agricultural GMOs. In addition, there have been media relations to highlight progress and information on GMOs and biosafety through, among other things, online news releases, press conferences, publicity materials, popular science papers and seminars to enhance public awareness and participation. Some of these include: the third meeting of the International Biosafety Forum in 2008 were journalists were invited to discuss and exchange ideas; an exhibition on popular sciences of agricultural biosafety under the theme: ?Coming closer to GMOs? in 2010; the National Day of Popular Science celebration through an exhibition on genetically modified technology and products thereof; a Journalist Training Workshop on GMOs for journalists and editors from more than 50 media agencies in 2011; yearly celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity through articles in newspapers and newsletters on biosafety issues; the newspaper the People?s Daily Online frequent online activities on biosafety."
"Organisation des ateliers r+É-™gionaux de sensibilisation (acteurs locaux, ONGs, organisations paysannes etc.) - organisation des ateliers de sensibilisation pour les agents charg+É-™s de contr+É-›le au niveau des fronti+É-®res (forestiers, policiers, douaniers) - ateliers de sensibilisation pour les op+É-™rateurs +É-™conomiques. Il y a le plateforme de bios+É-™curit+É-™, plateforme des m+É-™dias sur la bios+É-™curit+É-™ et BCH. Minist+É-®res charg+É-™s de l'environnement, l'agriculture, l'enseignement sup+É-™rieur et de la recherche, la s+É-™curit+É-™, du commerce; douane, la soci+É-™t+É-™ civile, les op+É-™rateurs +É-™conomiques, les ONGs.,"
The national BCH is used for risk communication. Important decisions are also made public through local newspapers, the official newspaper La Gaceta and the BCH. In addition, a Biosafety Commission is composed of government officials and civil society. In addition, public consultation made through making information available in national newspapers both during the decision-making process of LMOs, and for final decisions regarding LMOs.
Public consultations usually last for 30 days which is in accordance with the national legislation and Aarhus Convention.
A public education program has been developed. In this regard, there are postgraduate and undergraduate courses on biosafety. Further, there is a communication strategy. There are also several provisions and efforts to promote access to information.
Some of the awareness programmes include: public information available online and in a region in a country where contained use or introduction into the environment of a GMO are expected; the Czech Commission on the Use of GMOs and Genetic Products holding open public meetings once a year, including meetings with media; cooperation on awareness activities with organizations, centres (e.g. Center of Environmental Education), museums, libraries, social societies and NGOs (e.g. Scientific-technical Society, Biotrin), local governments and institutions.
Il y a un programme sur la formation dans certaines universit+É-™s surtout dans les facult+É-™s de l'agronomie et sciences naturelles. Dans la loi sur la bios+É-™curit+É-™ quelques dispositions le participation de public
There are high school courses in biosafety/genetechnology and educational material on GMOs. There is also a requirement that all decisions concerning the deliberate release of the GMOs, including for food and feed purposes, are subject to a public hearing.
There is a National Biosafety Committee with specialists in religious and security affairs, civil society organizations and consumer protection societies that makes decisions on LMOs. There is also a communication strategy being implemented. In addition, the competent national authority implements programs and services related to awareness and education on biosafety at the national, regional and international level, while cooperating with many governmental and non-governmental institutions. Also, there is information at the national BCH at http://www.egbch-eg.com/En/Default.aspx and a film on biosafety. Regarding training, there have been a number of workshops organized and the Ministry of Education has organized a number of biosafety educational activities.
There are awareness materials that have been extensively disseminated to the public. Relevant stakeholders have also organized workshops and local expositions.
Biosafety education is usually integrated in the course program of relevant studies such as biochemistry, genetics, medicine or environmental legislation. Suomen Bioturvaverkosto (Finnish Biosafety Network) organises biosafety education for professionals.The Advisory Board for Biotechnology has been collaborating with teachers. In addition, information is exchanged through the Advisory Board for Biotechnology and the Board for Gene Technology. Information is also accessible through web pages. There are several NGOs working on biosafety outreach such as the People+ĘGā¨GĄĘs Biosafety Association in Finland, the Finnish Organic Association, Biodynaaminen yhdistys, Ekomets+É-§talouden liitto, the Vegan Society of Finland, El+É-§v+É-§ Maa ry, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace Finland. In deliberate release notifications of LMOs, the results of public consultation are taken into consideration if they are relevant for the human or animal health or environment.
The national legislation has principles of public access to sufficient and reliable information in a timely manner and principles of public participation in the decision-making process regarding LMOs/GMOs in order to protect the public's interest and to ensure the public?s freedom of choice in these fields.
There is an awareness program for activities on the national and local levels.
There is a public awareness and education strategy on biosafety that has been implemented, among others, by conducting surveys, holding workshops for journalists, holding media activities by governmental spokesmen, disseminating publications and maintaining the national Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH Guatemala at http://www.bchguatemala.gob.gt/) with information on workshops to different stakeholders, news articles, events and social media sites (e.g. a Facebook site).
Le document de Politique Nationale de pr+É-™vention des risques a +É-™tablit un m+É-™canisme d'information et de sensibilisation du public et des d+É-™cideurs sur la pr+É-™vention des risque biotechnologiques.Un bulletin sur les principaux enjeux de la biotechnologie et la bios+É-™curit+É-™ et un prospectus sur les principales dispositions du protocole de Cartagena ont +É-™t+É-™ pr+É-™par+É-™ et traduits dans les principales langues.
Information specialists, in collaboration with academics, make available information to the general public through media, public debates and training activities with different communities, taking into account the diversity of the target audience and the format of the message. The National Commission for Biosafety has established a technical committee to raise awareness as well as promote education and involve the public in the decision-making process regarding GMOs. There are also a number of workshops and door-to-door campaigns on GMOs. The initiatives in collaboration with many stakeholders, including regional stakeholders such as the West-African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
There is a webpage that provides information on GMO issues at gmo.kormany.hu/en. There have also been two nationwide awareness-raising road shows about GMO-free agriculture organized in 2012 and 2013. In addition other activities including celebrationn during the Parliament Open Day for GMOs in 2014 took place. Other awareness initiatives are dissemination of press releases. Regarding education, there are certain BSc and MSc courses which include biosafety modules.
There is an awareness and outreach programme and a communication strategy on biosafety, including building media relations. More information. In addition, the government also collaborates with academic and research institutions and state level agricultural universities.
The Biosafety Committee Regulation, among others, educates and perform public awareness activities holding workshops, issuing publications and integrating biosafety into education. Access to information and awareness is provided through websites, including the national BCH, holding congresses and seminars. NGOs also facilite outreach of biosafety issues, including the Iran Biotechnology Information Center. There have been more than 500 awareness surveys conducted.
A website provides information on GMOs. The Institute of Technology, Carlow, in Ireland, has also produced a biosafety video.
Polytechnic University of Ancona offers e-learning international master "Biosafety in plant biotechnology" (on-line course with on campus activities). The course provides an academic curriculum for professionals engaged or interested in biosafety with: up-to-date information on current developments and future trends in biotechnology; advanced skills to conduct risk assessment and risk management and risk communication in biotechnology; skills to formulate applications for the environment release of GMOs; information on and compliance requirements of national and international norms and regulations in biotechnology. There is also a national BCH with graphic materials of biosafety issues at bch.minambiente.it . In addition, all the outcomes of public consultation are take into consideration during a public participation procedure.
Information on LMOs is accessible in a national BCH (J-BCH) at www.biodic.go.jp .
A communication strategy was developed. As a result, the Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium promotes awareness on LMOs. In addition, academic courses with components on biosafety are offered in some Kenyan Universities. These are offered to students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology or Agricultural biotechnology. Further, individuals from different backgrounds and specialties are sponsored to attend international courses and workshops or study tours to countries such as India, South Africa or the United States. These are aimed at exposing participants to countries that have already commercialized LMOs to learn, meet other participants, share experiences and establish networks. Participants are then expected to share or disseminate information with the public. In addition, a notice on public participation opportunities is published in the local newspapers. The public is given 21 days to submit comments. Further, biosafety Information is disseminated mainly through: 1.) A website at www.biosafetykenya.go.ke for access to information on biosafety; 2.) Brochures that are disseminated in agricultural shows, science weeks; and 3.) Newspaper announcements on annual biosafety conferences with public invitations and opportunities to make public inputs on decision.
The Aarhus Center has been established to promote access to information and public participation in the decision-making process. In addition, the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On access to information under the jurisdiction of state bodies and local self-government bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic", state bodies and local self-government bodies create structural units and designate responsible persons who are responsible for directly providing information to the population " .
There is a website on biosafety information at www.govservices.kg .
More than 500 awareness surveys have been conducted.
The public has the right to submit proposals or express an opinion to the Component National Aurhotiries prior to its issuing a permit for the circulation of GMOs. The procedures for the public involvement and organisation of public consultation with regard to the circulation of GMOS are prescribed by specific national regulations. In addition, at the Univeristy of Latvia, the Faculty of Biology, there is an academci course with components on biosafety. There was also a survey conducted: "Latvian consumers' attitude towards GMO in Latvia" by the University of Latvia from 2013-2016. Number of respondents were 1184, including 784 women.
Nine universities offer courses related to biotechnology and GMOs, providing PhD courses and/or training courses on detection and identification of GMOs/LMOs for professionals.
There is an awareness programmes on biosafety is being implemented.
A media strategy for public awareness and participation is available as well as awareness programs and public consultations held regularly. For example, awareness meetings on biosafety/biotechnology are held with school authorities and students on school campuses in various regions of the country. Local authorities and farmers have also been consulted in rural towns to provide inputs into preparation of the National Biosafety Frameworks. Radio talk shows on key biosafety issues are used during workshops to provide the public with an opportunity to voice their opinions. Two brochures have been developed "Biosafety and You" on basic information on the Protocol and "Frequently Asked Questions".
Educational programmes including academic courses on biotechnology with components on biosafety are in some universities. The country also holds a number of workshops, courses, conferences and training sessions. Information related to GMOs is gathered, managed and published through the GMOs Information System (http://gmo.am.lt) taking into account the provisions of intellectual property rights and confidentiality interests in applications of GMOs also Websites of institutions. Moreover, public participation and consultation is a part of our Biosafety regulatory system. There has also been a public opinion survey on GMO.
There is an awareness programmes to promote local biosafety awareness
Training courses, seminars/workshops have been held and education materials have been developed, including educational kits, flyers, newsletter, posters and booklet in different languages for different target groups on issues of biosafety. There was also an awareness survey conducted as a baseline to establish awareness programmes. In addition, there are guideline to make an announcements to invite the public to participate in the decision-making process regarding LMOs.
The University of Mexico holds course on biosafety of genetically modified organisms in the Faculty of Sciences. Students can take a degree in biology with a course on: "The biosafety of genetically modified organisms from the perspective the environmental sector". Mexico also has a plan related to communication of biosafety issues entitled: programa de trabajo bienal de la comisi+É-›n intersecretarial de bioseguridad de organismos gen+É-™ticamente modificados cibiogem 2017-2018 and the Biennial Program of Work 2017- 2018 (PTB 2017-2018) available at ptb-cibiogem_2017-2018_communication.docx. There was also a survey conducted entitled: +ĘGā¨+ďPercepciones y actitudes de la poblaci+É-›n urbana mexicana sobre la producci+É-›n y consumo de los organismos gen+É-™ticamente modificados+ĘGā¨-Ě available at: bch.cbd.int. Other awareness-related projects are available at www.conacyt.gob.mx . There are also procedures and activities for public consultation of LMOs online.
A MS course on biosafety (60 hours) is held at the State University. There is a national BCH website at: www.biosafety.md . More than 500 awareness surveys have been conducted.
There are BSc and MSc courses in Biotechnology at the Eduardo Mondlane University, including topics on biosafety issues.
From a survey outcome, there was a need to promote awarenesss, education, public participation and access to information. As a result, a strategy was developed. Public inputs are also taken into account in the application process of GMO permits. Through public hearings and written submissions, the inputs provide information to make final decisions relating to GMOs. The public is also informed about the BCH during workshops in all regions in the country. Regarding education, biosafety has been incorporated into elective courses for biological science students at the University of Namibia.
LMO-FFP applications are available through a public notice, meaning the public is invited to comment on applications and/or provide additional information for decision-maker(s) to review before taking final decision regarding LMOs.
Niger has an outreach strategy and various outreach activities.
Some activities include: workshops, seminars, conferences, jingles, excursion and press releases. Some NGOs are assisting in outreach of biosafety issues, including the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN) and the Nigerian Biological Safety Association (NiBSA)
The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board provides relevant information to the public through publications, seminars and workshops. Further, there is biosafety websites. In addition, public consultations are mandatory for all applications of LMOs.
A number of awareness seminars/workshopfor the public at national level has been taking place including in TV and Radio programms and through publications in national newspapers.
Three workshops on biosafety are held every year in different universities in the country. There is a national BCH available at pe.biosafetyclearinghouse.net
There were some training courses on biosafety which were organised by academic institutions, for example the University of Warsaw.
A GMO Communication Programs has been developed and has generated many outreach activities. The Program also promotes various information for the various strata, in particular students in particular, in order to heighten recognition and understanding of GMOs. In addition, there is also an annual survey on public perception of LMOs and the LMO Act and a operational national BCH (KBCH) that has outreach activities.
There are notifications in national media and public consultations in town hall meetings.
There are a number of lectures on LMOs in secodary schools and colleges held by biosafety officer regularly.
There is a public education and outreach strategy. In this regard, public education was promoted widely. Brochures, posters, flyers and promotional items, community consultations, school visits, news articles and public service annoncements as well as appearance on radio and TV shows has taken place.
There are outreach and training programmes with farmers, staff and education institution. At times, presentations or exhibition on biosafety are also held.
There are provisions on access to information, among others, to promote any stakeholder to seek clarification on any topic of importance to the public from the Competent National Authorities (CNAs). Over the years, there were also several public discussions, most notably in parliamentary hearings on GMOs and aired live on national TV in 2013. A two-day meeting was also held in the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts with the participation of leading Serbian experts related to biotechnology and biosafety in the same year. As a result, a publication of proceedings from that meeting contributed to the dissemination of a great deal of information regarding GMOs.
There is an Act on Free Access to Information that has obligations to provide, on request from the public, information, which the country follows to provide access to information on GMOs. The Slovak Academy of Sciences is the main public research institution in the biosafety area. More than 1000 surveys have been conducted. There are universities that are offering curricula on biosafety issues.
The Public Understanding of Biotechnology (PUB) programme and Biosafety South Africa promotes awareness of biosafeyt issues. One of the activities are disseminating videos on biosafety such as "the Sustainable Biotech Innovation" that outlines the role of Biosafety South Africa. There has also been Info graphs developed on biosafety.
En la p+É-°gina web est+É-° publicado un documento con respuestas a las preguntas mas frecuentes asociadas a las actividades con OMG. Asimismo, est+É-° disponible toda la legsilaci+É-›n nacional e internacional aplicable. Al respecto de los Organismos Gen+É-™ticamente Modificados, Espa+É-›a ha aprobado la Orden ARM/2616/2010, por la que se establece la composici+É-›n y funcionamiento del Comit+É-™ de Participaci+É-›n en el marco del Consejo Interministerial de Organismos Modificados Gen+É-™ticamente (CIOMG), a trav+É-™s del cual se pretende asegurar la participaci+É-›n e informaci+É-›n p+É-›blica acerca de la actuaci+É-›n del CIOMG, adem+É-°s de consolidar una v+É-≠a de comunicaci+É-›n permanente entre la Administraci+É-›n General del Estado y los ciudadanos en las materias que son responsabilidad del mismo. Actualmente existen grados universitarios y cursos en los que se imparten materias relacionadas con la bioseguridad. Durante la evaluci+É-›n de riesgo de las notificaciones presentadas en Espa+É-›a se tiene en cuenta el resultado de la consulta p+É-›blica. Asimismo se tienen en cuenta las opiniones de los miembros del Comit+É-™ de Participaci+É-›n. Durante el procedimiento de autorizaci+É-›n de las notificaciones presentadas en Espa+É-›a se tiene en cuenta el resultado de la consulta p+É-›blica. Asimismo se tienen en cuenta las opiniones de los miembros del Comit+É-™ de Participaci+É-›n.
There is a national biosafety website available at www.biosafety.lk .
The University of Swaziland and the Swaziland Environment Authority signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for ?Mainstreaming of Biotechnology and Biosafety in Processes and Programmes of Higher Institutions?. As a response, a committee was established under the University of Swaziland, which is composed of members from various institutions around the country. The committee is working on mainstreaming biosafety into existing courses. The activities undertaken so far include: Produced and published a Training Manual; Conducting a curriculum audit in all 8 institutions (including the university); Training all the Vice Chancellors and Principals of all the institutions (Training of Leaders & getting their buy-in); The Vice-Chancellors nominating individuals from their institution as Biosafety Champions; and A training of all the Champions and In liaison with the Champions, organizing workshops for all the staff members per institution.
A joint authority has a website (www.genteknik.se) to disseminate information on GMO regulations. There is also another website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture (www.jordbruksverket.se) containing information about GM crops that have been approved for import and/or cultivation within the EU and decisions on field trials in Sweden. The Swedish gene technology authorities also have a common website (www.gmo.nu). There is provisions and efforts to promote access to information by accessing relevant documents held by public authorities, including documents received, dispatched letters, decisions and reports.
Many entities are facilitating Article 23, such as national and local government, the Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety, the Swiss Biosafety Network, the Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH, the private sector, the scientific community, various professional associations and NGOs. Collaboration is also promoted among the stakeholders. A biosafety officer (BSO) also helps facilitate Article 23. The BSO, in collaboration with government officials, and private biosafety experts, have developed a Curriculum Biosafety to harmonize the biosafety standards for higher professional level. In addition, information is disseminated using web sites, newspapers, forums, mailing lists, public hearings and TV.
The National Commission for Biotechnology has some courses about biosafety. Some NGOs do outreach of biosafety issues, including the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) and the Consumer Protection Association (CPA). More than 500 awareness surveys have been conducted.
Tajikistan, developed a website on LMO related issues at www.biodiv.tj
There are strategies and policies regarding implementing Article 23. In addition, the independent journalistic organization ?Nemo Kennislink? provides information as well as the opportunity for the general public to discuss topics within the realm of modern biotechnology (e.g. on the website, social media and during ?live? evening events). Communication efforts are usually part of a larger programme. The public is subsequently given the possibility to provide input for the decision making process for a specified period of time. In addition, public inputs are taken into account when taking a final decision regarding LMOs. These decisions can be appealed to in court by individuals or organisations whose interests are affected by the decision. Members of the public frequently make use of the possibilities provided for in the legislation to participate in decision making on LMOs.
The University of the Philippines at Los Ba+É-›os (UPLB) offers courses on agricultural biotechnology, including biosafety. The Colegio San Juan de Letran Calamba, on the other hand, conducts seminar-workshops every two years for their faculty members (e.g. elementary, high school and college level) on modern biotechnology and biosafety for integration in science-related subjects/courses. Both activities are part of an education program on GMOs under a series of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities based on a policy on transparency and accountability. The IEC's includes holding regular presentations and developing materials on biosafety.
Several public awareness workshops have been held through the mass media, workshops, forums, meetings and other training activities of stakeholders.
There is a television program for the local communities.
There is a national subcommittee on communication, education and public awareness established in 2014 to, among others, facilitate the exchange of information on LMOs in the BCH; and to operationalize the national BCH including the development and validation of information and outreach materials. In addition, a communication plan was established in 2016 and an NGO, the Tunisian Association for Biosafety and Environmental Education (ATB2E) to, among other things, raise awareness among various social groups regarding issues related in particular to biosafety. There are also various outreach materials and other information shared on a regular basis through, among other things, Dropbox, USB keys, CD-ROMs in French, Arabic and other national languages. Guidelines and other resource materials for universities available at bch.cbd.int
There have been several meetings and workshops, TV and Radio programmes have been held. In addition, there are NGOs doing outreach work such as the Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC).
Public consultation is being undertaken regarding GMOs. There is also a scientific advisory committees for GMOs and the Advisory Committee for Releases into the Environment such as to host periodic public open meetings to discuss GMO related matters. In addition research councils (e.g. BBSRC, Wellcome Trust) have conducted a number of public engagement activities regarding GMOs.
There is an operational national BCH, providing, among others, information on a network of experts on biosafety, materials, publications, conferences, workshops. There is also collaboration with other ministries and international organizations to conduct various workshops and training in order to enhance capacity and awareness for various stakeholders, including management of staff and researchers at the central and local levels. Information on biosafety is also widely published through mass media. There are also a number of oureach materials that have been developed and distributed. These include, for example, frequently asked questions about GMOs and pocket books on fundamental knowledge about biosafety. In addition, a number of nation-wide training and outreach activities have been carried out. One of the activities includes a Circular providing specific provisions on figures, information and databases on GMOs, the development and management of a database on GMOs, and the posting, provision, exploitation and use of information. These activites also allow for different organizations to share information on biosafety.
There were collaborative efforts with China and Norway as a tripartite arrangement for training in detection and testing of GMOs, including training of scientists.
Tertiary institutions are offering PhD, MSc, BSc diplomas and short courses with components of biosafety. Networks for promoting awareness have been established through different platforms. In addition, an Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) has been established as a platform for promoting awareness of agricultural biotechnology. THere are also NGOs doing outreach work related to the Protocol, including the Biotechnology Trust of Zimbabwe and Food Matters. More than 1000 awareness surveys have been conducted. There are also exhibitions, media activities and workshops at both provincial and national levels.