The terms of reference of the project entitled Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology Policy in Southern Africa included the organisation of a national workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to disseminate research findings derived from the first two phases of the project in Mauritius.
These findings were a Stakeholders' Views and Situation Analysis of the Mauritian Biosafety System and a National Policy Regarding Commercial GM1 Imports and the Potential Farm-Level Impact of GM Crops.
Stakeholders who participated in the study or who have an interest in agricultural biotechnology were invited to participate in the one-day workshop and contributed to providing ideas about how to forge ahead as far as agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering policies are concerned locally.
The overriding objective of the workshop, apart from disseminating the research findings, was to gauge the reactions of the workshop participants to the project. Their opinions were included in finalising the different project reports. Inputs from the workshops were indirectly used to validate research findings and also to better formulate recommendations for a way towards a regional common policy on GMOs2.
Structure of the workshop
The workshop was divided into four parts, namely:
An introduction to the biosafety project and agricultural biotechnology in Mauritius;
Presentation of project findings;
Plenary session and closing remarks.
Workshop participants were invited to comment on the project presentations and appropriate changes were made to the phase reports. Participants also intervened in the group discussions of two subjects pertaining to agricultural biotechnology in Mauritius. These deliberations were discussed in the plenary session and a way forward was proposed.
The national workshop for Mauritius was organised by the Mauritius Node of the FANRPAN in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. It was held in the Romaschandra Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius, on 18 May 2006.
The FANRPAN National Project Management Team hereby presents the workshop proceedings.