China, with its tenacious aim to put scientific-based biosafety programs in place, conducted a training on risk assessment, LMO detection, and the use of the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) with Asian countries as participants last 19-28 September 2016 at the Nanjing Shanshui Grand Hotel in Nanjing City, China. This activity was supported by UN Environment and the ABF.
The workshop’s main goal is to strengthen the international cooperation of the associated countries of China-ASEAN-one Belt and one Road Initiative under the framework of Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Cartagena Protocol Biosafety (CPB) to improve biosafety management and to promote information exchange and dialogue among the ASEAN countries. The workshop focused on the areas of questionnaire analysis, detection of GM crops and risk assessment and prevention from alien species, implementation of the BCH and ABF Roadmap, as well as priority topics and project concepts in biosafety cooperation among Asian countries. In addition, the achievements of the Asian countries in the field of biosafety was showcased, and the participants were also able to conduct a study and laboratory tour at the Key Biosafety Laboratory and the field trial base in Nanjing.