Multi-Country Project to Strengthen Institutional Capacities on LMO Testing in Support of National Decision Making (MCP-ICLT)
From 2007, RAEIN-Africa has been conducting regional training on detection of living modified organisms (LMOs) for selected southern African countries, leading to the establishment and launch of the Southern African Network for GM Detection Laboratories (SANGL) in 2009. Through the implementation of SANGL (2007 to 2013) and the UNEP-GEF Preparatory Grant (PPG) (2014 to 2015), an in-depth study on the status of existing regulatory and policy environment around biotechnology, biosafety and biodiversity conservation, and the human and infrastructural capacities and gaps thereof, for LMO detection was carried out in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique (PPG report). Based on the needs and gaps identified, a need-driven, context-specific intervention entitled “Multi-Country Project to Strengthen Institutional Capacities on LMO Testing in Support of National Decision Making” (MCP-ICLT) was born; funded by the GEF.
Why LMO Testing Capacities?
Lack of human and institutional capacity in LMO detection is a major impediment to effective implementation of national biosafety regulatory systems. Without the required LMO detection capacities, countries are unable to meet their international obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). The “Multi-Country Project to Strengthen Institutional Capacities on LMO Testing in Support of National Decision Making” aims to assist six countries in the region: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique; on pre- and post-approval monitoring of LMOs as part of the risk management processes under Article 17 of the CBP. The project aims to strengthen LMO testing capacities in support of national biosafety decision making.