National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-04-20 09:05 UTC (xuedayuan@hotmail.com)
Date of last update
2010-07-18 20:58 UTC (erie.tamale@un.org)
Date of publication
2010-07-18 20:58 UTC (erie.tamale@un.org)

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General information
Title of the initiative
Biosafety Capacity-Building Project in China: Data Management, Promoting Expertise and Awareness Raising
Contact person
Mr. Zhuang Guotai
Deputy Director General
Department of Nature and Ecology Conservation
State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA)
No. 115, Xizhimenei Nanziaojie
China, 100035
Phone:+86 10 66151917; +86 10 66189282
Fax:+86 10 66189279
Url:State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA)
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • China
  • CBD Regional Groups - Asia and the Pacific
Type of initiative
  • Ongoing or upcoming initiative
  • Series of activities
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • Professionals, specialists and technicians
  • Public interest groups (consumer groups, professional associations, NGOs, etc.)
  • Target group: Politicians, civil servants and academics working in the field of biotechnology and biosafety and the general public.
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • China
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: Nanjing Institute for Environmental Sciences (NIES) and German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)
  • Type of Organization: Bilateral Donor Agency
Budget information
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The project is executed by Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), under the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) of China, jointed by several non-governmental organizations such as Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology, GreenPeace China (Hong Kong), China Renmin University and The Central University of Nationalities. Also the project will be supervised by China National Biosafety Office which is an governmental authority responsible to international biosafety issue.

The project will focus on national institutional investigation and database development for contained research, environmental release and commercial production of GMOs in China, publication of a bi-monthly biosafety newsletter and a compilation for EU legislation on Biosafety, organization of international and national workshops on biosafety, and development of public participation framework for government, etc.

The project duration will be for 24 months, starting from September 2003. The project will be achieved by the three results:
1. Comprehensive biotechnology and biosafety data of high quality are available for decision-making and public interest.
2. Biotechnology and biosafety officials, scientists and politicians are enhanced in their ability to assess and manage risks of modern biotechnology.
3. A strategy framework for public participation in decision-making on biosafety issues are developed and considered by government officials.

It is hoped that the project will enhance the idea exchange between EU and China and promote biosafety management in China, especially promoting public awareness and public participation.
Application process
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
To make high-quality data on biotechnology and biosafety available to both political decision-makers and interested members of the general public.

To build the capacity of politicians, civil servants and academics to analyse and assess the risks of modern biotechnology through publications and workshops.

To develop a strategy for involving the general public in biosafety-related decisions.

To support the NIES in its efforts to inform decision-makers on biosafety and to develop mechanisms for public relations work, so that relevant political actors can incorporate national and international experts and the general public in decisions pertaining to the management of genetically modified organisms.
General thematic area(s)
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
  • Chinese
  • English
Category(ies) of the initiative
  • Awareness raising/education
  • Cooperation/coordination
  • Human resource development/Training
  • Information sharing
Additional Information
Additional Information
Other collaborating organizations
China Society of Agri-biotechnology, Beijing, China;
The Central University for Nationalities, Beijing, China;
Renmin University of China;
Greenpeace China (Hong Kong).