Support to the Southern Africa Network on GMO Detection Laboratories (SANGL)

Project General Information


Support to the Southern Africa Network on GMO Detection Laboratories (SANGL)Participating Laboratories: Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Madagascar, Swaziland, Zambia and Regional Agricultural and Environment Initiatives Network-Africa (RAEIN-AFRICA)


Environmental goverance



EA - Enabling Activities

Capacity Building for the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Build capacity on access and benefit sharing

Building capacity for the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

·         Problems the project seeks to address

o   Need for Harmonisation and standardisation of methods used in GMO testing laboratories in the region

This is to ensure that the quality of analytical data obtained in various laboratories is comparable and will build confidence in the results obtained by participating laboratories and also give technical support to national decision making systems on biosafety.


o   Inadequate support for decision making

Enhance GM laboratories ability to play an important role in ensuring GM traceability and segregation; compliance with National regulations in terms of GM labelling; compliance with international regulations for trade; and monitoring and surveillance to ensure compliance with regulations at all levels to support decision making.


o   Need for certification, thresholds

The project aims at bringing laboratories in the region to a standard that is accepted and recognized regionally and internationally. Laboratories will participate periodically in relevant proficiency testing programs to monitor their compliance with the set standards.

o   Monitoring and surveillance

Safeguard unregulated trans-boundary movements of LMOs in the region.

o   Capacity building in GM issues

The project intends to (i) increase the capacities of relevant officers and technicians at national level of the participating countries in GMO related issues and (ii) expand laboratory's capability to perform testing, measurement and/or calibration activities and (iii) enhance their management system.


o   Build partnerships and strengthen networking

The project intends to establish a regional mechanism for sharing experiences, expertise and know-how and develop a platform for information sharing and networking amongst technical staff in GMOs detection laboratories.

Full Size Project(FSP)



Southern Africa

Zambia, Madagascar, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho

GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee
$ 3,430,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 7,626,500.00 $ 350,000.00 $ 0.00
$ 100,000.00 $ 0.00 $ 50,000.00 $ 10,000.00 $ 0.00


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



Executing Agency Category
SANGL(Southern African Network For GM Detection Laboratories)
UNEP Collaborating Center

Partner Category

Name Category Period
Alex Owusu-Biney

Low Risk

Not Applicable


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met