Session 10: Phytosanitary and Biosafety measures

Over the last few years—and in parallel with advances in biotechnology—considerable progress has been made in the development and approval of international policy and legal frameworks on phytosanitary measures and biosafety. These policies and legal instruments have an impact on the management of plant genetic resources, whether it involves conservation, testing, distribution, import/export, etc. The concerns regarding the environmental, social and economic impacts of pests, invasive species and genetically modified organisms have been the main trigger for these developments.

Training materials for session 10 include lecture notes, a PowerPoint presentation and an interactive group practice exercise. The exercise aims to identify the main policies, provisions and articles in international agreements that are specifically relevant to conservation and overall management of plant genetic resources. Participants should also be in the position to verify and compare how these relate to national measures and efforts to implement an institutional and legal framework regarding phytosanitary measures and biosafety.

Additional handouts to enrich the training include a summary of overheads for each presentation, references to the full-text of relevant laws and policies and a bibliography for further reading.

Other materials for trainers include an overview with a complete list of handouts, workshop schedule, an evaluation form and Day 4 Instructions for Trainers with a timed schedule of activities and handouts. See also Information for Trainers , for a selection of templates, tips, and step-by-step guidelines for planning and delivering a successful training workshop.

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