National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2004-02-11 15:19 UTC (JUL@sns.dk)
Date of last update
2010-01-25 09:05 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-25 09:05 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Danish Assistance to Capacity-Building in Biosafety
Contact person
Ms. Julie Becher
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Danish Forest and Nature Agency
Haraldsgade 53DK-2100 
Phone:+45-339-472-650 or +45-39-472-000
Url:Danish Forest and Nature Agency
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Namibia
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Eswatini
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Denmark
  • CBD Regional Groups - Africa
  • CBD Regional Groups - Asia and the Pacific
  • CBD Regional Groups - Central and Eastern Europe
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Relevant government institutions
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • Denmark
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: DANCEE (Danish Cooperation for Environment in Eastern Europe) and DANCED (Danish Corporation for Environment and Development)
  • Type of Organization: Bilateral Donor Agency
Budget information
Danish Ministry of Energy and Environment
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The Danish assistance for capacity building in biosafety includes various initiatives in different countries. Examples include the following:

1) GMO workshop January 2001 with participants from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania concentrating on the practicalities of managing the requirements to administering the European Union Directives on GMOs - risk assessment, the permit system, institutional corporation, public participation. Organized together with Baltic Environmental Forum and co-ordinated with the Dutch funded "CEE Biosafety" capacity building project. Donor: DANCEE - for further information contact: hsj@sns.dk

2) Regional Baltic project on GMOs is under preparation by the Danish National Environmental Research Institute - as a follow up to the GMO workshop January 2001. Expected donor DANCEE - for information contact: ppo@sns.dk

3) "Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety". The project is carried out the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the Foundation for International Law and Development (FIELD). The aim of the guide is to facilitate understanding of the legal obligations of Parties under the Protocol and to assist in capacity building and raise awareness of the Protocol with the hope of speeding up its ratification and implementation. Drafts of the guide will be presented and reviewed at two or three international workshops during 2001/2002 and comments will also be sought through extensive mail consultations. Donor: DANCEE and the European Commission - for information contact: fburhenne@elc.iucn.org or vko@sns.dk

4) Study tour to Denmark for experts from Thailand in administration, risk assessment and research in GMO/LMO agricultural products, July 2000. Presentations made by the Danish Ministry for Environment and Energy (Danish Forest and Nature Agency), the National Environmental Research Institute, the Danish Plant Directorate, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and participation from private Danish GMO-companies. Expected donor: DANCED - for further information: m.dyrh@att.global.net or ppo@sns.dk

5) Danish participation in Workshop on "Improvement of Biosafety Regulation and Administration of the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)" 5-8 June 2001, Bangkok, Thailand. Donor: DANCED - for information contact: m.dyhr@att.global.net

6) A project developed to support the Conservation and Environmental Management Division (CEMD) of the Malaysian Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment is under preparation by DANCED. The project will assist CEMD/Malaysia in its efforts to develop its capacity vis-à-vis international environmental agreements. The capacity building activities will address both Malaysian participation in international negotiations and Malaysian national implementation of commitments under IEAs. Among the international environmental agreements to be covered by the project is the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Donor: DANCED - for further information please contact: pd@mst.dk or jul@sns.dk

National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Human-resources development
Institutional strengthening

Regional level activities
Regional collaborative initiatives

International level activities
International guidance
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
To strengthen national institutional capacities for managing GMO/LMO regulations.
To build human resource capacity and to facilitate public participation.

To assist establishing administrative systems and capacity building to manage GMO/LMO regulation and risk assessment (implementation of EU-directives/Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety).

Main outcomes
1) Training Course on GMO Risk Assessment; 23-30 January 2001, Denmark - see Report at link below: Baltic Environmental Forum.

2) "Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety" (draft, 2001) - see copy below.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
Danish Government Institutions
Danish Research Institutions
Baltic Environmental Forum
IUCN Environmental Law Centre
Foundation for International Law and Development (FIELD)
Other relevant website address or attached documents