SCELG and the CBD Consultancy on Biosafety Mainstreaming (UPDATE)
SCELG’s Elisa Morgera, Miranda Geelhoed and Elsa Tsioumani finalise consultancy
November 2018: The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) has developed online capacity-development tools (in English, French and Spanish) that will support national governments and their stakeholders in the effective implementation of international biosafety law. This is part of an ongoing partnership between SCELG and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
In September 2016, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance was awarded a consultancy from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support the integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety at the national level. In June 2017, the Secretariat offered another consultancy to SCELG, which also sought to help the implementation the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol. The consultancies were conducted by Professor Elisa Morgera (Co-director of the centre), Miranda Geelhoed (PhD Fellow) and Elsa Tsioumani (BENELEX Research Fellow).
Phase I: Synthesis Report and Two Online Tools
The first phase of the consultancy included the drafting of a synthesis report of nine national desk studies on biosafety mainstreaming, from the governments of Moldova, China, Ecuador, Mexico, Belarus, Uganda, Malaysia, Malawi and Burkina Faso. The synthesis report is available on the CBD website: M Geelhoed, E Morgera and E Tsiousmani, Synthesis Report – National Desk Studies, Capacity-building to promote integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level (Secretariat to the CBD, March 2017).
Building upon the report, as well as on the outcomes of a workshop in Moldova in early November 2016, SCELG developed two online learning modules that are available on the CBD website:
- An e-learning module on biosafety mainstreaming, which introduces users to the concept of biosafety mainstreaming and its application in practice.
- A toolkit on biosafety mainstreaming, which provides practical guidance for mainstreaming biosafety.
SCELG's work was presented at a side-event to the CBD COP in Cancun, Mexico in December 2017, by Prof Morgera: ENB coverage of the event.