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14-October-2011 SEARCA BIC Media Release

The Asian Regional Workshop on Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology, and Biosafety will be held on 25-26 October at the Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

The workshop will discuss key topics in the upcoming international meetings related to the Rio Declaration, Convention on Biodiversity, and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, how they are interrelated, and how the outcomes of the meetings can be implemented at the national level.

Among the resource persons are noted scientists and experts Dr. Julian Adams of the University of Michigan and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)/Program for Biosafety Systems (IFPRI/PBS), Dr. Paul Teng of the National Institute of Education, Singapore, Dr. Piet Van der Meer of the Public Research and Regulation Initiative (PRRI), Dr. Dominic Muyldermans of CropLife International (CLI), Dr. Kazuo Watanabe of University of Tsukuba, and Dr. Jose Falck Zepeda of the IFPRI/PBS.

The workshop is co-organized by PRRI, IFPRI/PBS, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). It will also be supported by the SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), SEAMEO Regional Center for Tropical Biology (BIOTROP), Thailand’s National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperative, and the Biotechnology Alliance Association of Thailand.

At least 50 delegates from 15 countries in the Asian region including officials and scientists involved in biosafety policy and regulations are expected to attend the workshop. For more information about this upcoming event visit the ISAAA website or send an email to, or (Jenny A. Panopio and Sophia M. Mercado)

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Jenny A. Panopio
Special Project Coordinator and BIC Network Administrator
SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center
College 4031, Laguna, PHILIPPINES
Telephone no.: (+63-49) 536 2290 ext 406
Fax no.: (+63-49) 536 4105

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