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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
57253
Status
Published
Date of creation
2010-01-06 09:46 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-06 09:46 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)
Contact person
Prof. Martin Diran Makinde
Director
ISRA LABO
African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)
Dakar
Senegal
Phone:+221 33 832 2928
Fax:+221 33 832 29 28
Email:diran.makinde@nepadbiosafety.net; abne@nepadbiosafety.net
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Africa - African island countries
  • Africa - African Union
  • Africa - Middle Africa
  • Africa - Eastern Africa
  • Africa - Economic Commission for Africa
  • Africa - Economic Community of West African States
  • Africa - Northern Africa
  • Africa - Southern Africa
  • Africa - Southern African Development Community
  • Africa - Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine
  • Africa - Western Africa
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Type of Organization: International Organization
  • Type of Organization: Regional Organization
Activity details
Description of the initiative
The African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is a continent-wide Africa-based initiative established by the NEPAD Office of Science and Technology under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI) to provide expertise and networking facilities for biotechnology and biosafety. Establishment of ABNE is a contribution to Recommendation 14 as outline in the AU/NEPAD document, Freedom to Innovate, "The African Union Secretariat and NEPAD need to build further capacity in biotechnology regulation". In addition to this recommendation, the Conference of African Union Ministers of Agriculture held in Gabon, 2006 took an African Position on GMOs in Agriculture also recommended the need for capacity building for biosafety and biotechnology.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
The African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is a continent-wide Africa-based initiative established by the NEPAD Office of Science and Technology under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI) to provide expertise and networking facilities for biotechnology and biosafety. Establishment of ABNE is a contribution to Recommendation 14 as outline in the AU/NEPAD document, Freedom to Innovate, "The African Union Secretariat and NEPAD need to build further capacity in biotechnology regulation". In addition to this recommendation, the Conference of African Union Ministers of Agriculture held in Gabon, 2006 took an African Position on GMOs in Agriculture also recommended the need for capacity building for biosafety and biotechnology.
General thematic area(s)
  • Implementation of the documentation requirements under Article 18.2 of the Protocol
  • Handling of confidential information
  • Measures to address unintentional and/or illegal transboundary movements of LMOs
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Scientific biosafety research relating to LMOs
  • Taking into account risks to human health
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Technology transfer
  • Identification of LMOs, including their detection
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
Additional Information
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