News & Updates


February to April, 2018

A series of fifteen “State Level Biosafety Capacity Building Workshops” are being organized in the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), under the UNEP/GEF supported Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety, being implemented by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India. The workshops are aimed towards dissemination of various project outcomes and knowledge products developed under the Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety for sharing of information. Some of the publications have also been translated into regional languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati and are now being distributed at the respective state level workshops. The workshops are targeted specifically for the scientists from research institutions and universities in the state, agriculture department officials, agricultural research stations, industry and progressive farmers. These workshops are being coordinated by Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), the Project Coordination Unit of the Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety.


March 5, 2018

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress (NKLSP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, entered into force on March 5, 2018 with the ratification of forty one Parties. The entry into force of the NKLSP represents as major step towards achieving the objectives of the Strategic plan of the CPB for the period 2011-2020. It is a major milestone in the 25 years of the Convention on Biological Diversity and 15 years of the CPB.

The Supplementary Protocol aims to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity by providing international rules and procedures in the field of liability and redress relating to living modified organisms (LMOs). In the event of damage resulting from LMOs or where there is sufficient likelihood that damage will result, timely response measures need to be taken as per the NKLSP.

Towards enabling Parties in carrying out national activities towards ratification and implementation of the NKLSP at national level, CBD secretariat has developed resources including capacity building activities, exercises, e-learning modules etc in their efforts. Additional resources are also being developed and would be made available at the CBD website shortly.

Further details about the resources can be accessed at :



In view of the entry into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress (NKLSP), an E-learning module has been developed to provide information on liability and redress and also on the objective and core obligations of the Supplementary Protocol. The development of the module was supported by the Government of Japan, through the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

The module contains examples of national legislation through which Parties can implement the Supplementary Protocol. It is available in three languages i.e English, French and Spanish and is hosted on the CBD E-learning platform at


December 4-17, 2016

The Indian delegation led by Dr Amita Prasad, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC and Chairperson, GEAC actively participated in the deliberations of the eighth meeting of the conference of Parties serving as meeting of Parties (COP-MOP 8) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) from December 4-17, 2016 at Cancun, Mexico.

The meeting addressed several issues including the guidance document on risk assessment and risk management, a coordinated approach on the issue of synthetic biology and socio-economic considerations among other items. A total of 19 decisions have been adopted by the COP-MOP8.

The COP-MOP 8 was held in conjunction with the thirteenth meeting of the COP to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the second meeting of the COP MOP to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. More than 8,000 delegates from more than 180 countries participated in the concurrent meetings of the Convention and its Protocols, representing parties and other governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental, non-governmental, indigenous and local community organizations, academia and the private sector.

Further details on the issues and decisions adopted at the three concurrent meetings, please visit


December 4-17, 2016

In view of encouraging countries that are Party to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its two Protocols viz., Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing for sharing their experiences towards implementation, a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) fair is held parallel to the meetings of the governing body of the CBD and its Protocols. The fair features an exhibition of outreach materials and a thematic side event.

The project outcomes of the UNEP/GEF supported Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety were showcased at the CEPA Fair held parallel to the COP13, COP-MOP8 and COP-MOP2 from December 4-17, 2016 at Cancun, Mexico. Shri Gyanesh Bharti, Joint Secretary, MoEF&CC and the National Project Coordinator, Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety also made a presentation on “Enhancing Public Awareness and Public Participation on Biosafety Issues in India”, at the CEPA Fair which was in line with the theme of COP-MOP8 on “Best Practices and Experiences in implementing Article 23 on Public Awareness and Participation of the CPB”.