GMO

Date of next meeting:   11-12th May 2017, Bern


Details of all meetings and outputs are available on the European Network of the Heads of Environmental Protection Agencies data repository (EPA/ENCA data repository).


Aims and scope

The Interest Group shall promote the exchange of information and experience on environmental risk assessment and monitoring of GMO between EPAs and ENCAs. The overall aim is to develop common views and positions in order to lend more weight to environmental concerns in GMO approval procedures and environmental monitoring programmes.

Content of Work

  • Exchange of information on regulatory frameworks, roles and responsibilities (institutional framework)
  • Exchange of experience and case studies
  • Exchange of usefulness and suitability for monitoring of GMO.
  • Evaluation of the current practice of environmental risk assessment
  • Evaluation of existing monitoring concepts and already running monitoring programmes.
  • Accidental spread of GMOs across borders
  • How to consider an appropriate protection for GMO free and conservation areas
  • Links between co-existence of GMO and non-GMO and environmental impacts

Planned Output

Survey covering the regulatory framework on European and national levels related to environmental risk assessment and monitoring of GMO

History

Initial workshop in Berne (7-8 July 2008) on working plan and mandate of IG:

Participants and their role

  • Hans Hosbach (IG Chair) Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
  • Sara Restrepo-Vassalli (IG coordinator), Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
  • Anne-Gabrielle Wust Saucy (IG coordinator), Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
  • Michael Eckerstorfer, Federal Environment Agency, Austria
  • Jennifer Lunt, Natural England, UK
  • Angela Arnold, Natural England, UK
  • Guy Thompson, Natural England, UK
  • Unknown/to be announced, Inspectorate for Environmental Protection, Poland
  • Ghinea Steluta, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Romania
  • Tom Mc Loughlin, Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland
  • Beatrix Tappeser, Federal Nature Conservation Agency, Germany
  • Wiebke Züghart, Federal Nature Conservation Agency, Germany
  • Giovanni Staiano, ISPRA, Italy
  • Matteo Lener, ISPRA, Italy
  • Stijin Overloop, Flemish Environment Agency, Belgium
  • Milena Roudna, Ministry of the Environment, Czech Republic
  • Marja Ruohonen-Lehto, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
  • Maria Lunkka-Hytönen, Finnish Environment Institute, Finland
  • Epan Malta, Malta Environment & Planning Authority, Malta
  • Suzanne Gauci, Malta Environment & Planning Authority, Malta
  • Diem Hong Tran, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway
  • Lieskovska Zuzana, Slovak Environmental Agency, Slovak Republic
  • Ana Fresno, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain
Links:

Agenda: ENCA/EPA meeting Bern, July 2010  ENCA_EPA_GMO_050710.pdf