On 19th January, 2023, an Introductory Workshop was held in Bishkek at Park Hotel as part of the FAO/GEF project “Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework in the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety”.
Information about the project and its implementation in the Kyrgyz Republic for the period 2023-2025 was provided during the seminar.
In addition, discussions in working groups were held with all stakeholders, including government agencies, the business community, and representatives of science and civil society in order to develop and implement the National Biosafety Mechanism in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The seminar was attended by representatives from the state bodies who in charge of health, biodiversity, biosafety, and ecology, research institutes, institutions and organizations, including representatives of the Center for Non-proliferation and Export Control.
During the discussions, representatives of the Center emphasized the importance and necessity of providing assistance in improving national legislation in the field of biological safety, which will allow Kyrgyzstan to full an implementation the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).
Recall that the main goal of the project is to support the establishment at the national level of a comprehensive and effective regulatory framework for biosafety in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and to build the technical capacity for the implementation and enforcement of the Protocol at the national level.
The objectives of the project are to provide technical guidance and assistance in the implementation of the biosafety regulatory framework at the national level, including the establishment of administrative systems and institutions such as laboratories for the detection of LMOs (Live Modified Organisms) and capacity building.
The project is supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Global Environment Fund.