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National Node of the BCH


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1 slider1 Mountain range covered with thick forest overlooking a paddy field
2 slider2 River flowing over a rocky terrain inside the thick jungle
3 slider3 The first meeting of the Technical Expert Group of the Biosafety Project
4 slider4 Discussion during the inception workshop for risk assessment guidelines
5 slider5 Media workshop on “Implementing Biosafety for safe use of genetically modified organisms in Sri Lanka”
6 slider6 The inception workshop for risk assessment guidelines
7 slider7 Focused group discussion with rice farmers
8 slider8 Workshop on testing of GMOs
9 slider9 Participants in the inception workshop of the biosafety project
10 slider10 Project Management Unit of the Biosafety Project

Welcome to the Sri Lanka Biosafety Clearing House

Sri Lanka is a Party to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB), an international treaty governing the movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology from one country to another. Ministry assigned for environment is the nodal ministry for implementation of the CPB in Sri Lanka.

The Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) is a web-based mechanism to facilitate the exchange of scientific, technical, environmental, legal information on, and experience with, LMOs to assist parties in the implementation of the CPB.

The Sri Lanka Biosafety Clearing House website, set up by the Ministry of Environment (MOE), is a repository of information pertaining to all the aspects of the safe handling, transport and use of LMOs in the country. It therefore serves as the national equivalent of the BCH which is maintained by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The website has been established as a part of FAO/GEF supported project on “Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework in accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB)”.