Friday, December 19, 2014

CBD Training for trainers

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will be launching a capacity-building “training for trainers” course in DNA Barcoding that will be made available to interested Parties to the Convention, thanks to financial support from the Government of Japan. This activity will be facilitated by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario in Canada and will focus on building technological capacity to help Parties achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 9, specifically, detection and monitoring of invasive alien species (IAS).

This course will include a distance education module (our Introduction to DNA Barcoding course), followed by hands-on training at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding for selected national experts. It will cover standard operational workflows used in barcoding of IAS and will provide participants with specialized skills that can be used to apply this technology and approaches in their home countries. Training modules are geared toward professionals involved in national regulatory and monitoring organizations overseeing quarantine and management of IAS. The course is open to additional self-funded experts from countries that are not eligible for SCBD financial support.

On-site training for up to five participants will overlap with the International Barcode of Life Conference, allowing them to participate in it.

The call for applications will be announced in January 2015 on the CBD website. For inquiries on eligibility, selection criteria, and application procedure, please contact the CBD Secretariat.

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