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About UNEP-Biosafety Project

The UNEP-GEF Biosafety projects aim to implement the strategy by assisting countries to establish NBFs, promoting information sharing and collaboration, especially at the regional and subregional level, and promoting collaboration with other organizations to assist capacity-building for the Protocol.

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Coordinated Approach to Biosafety Capacity Building

The UNEP-GEF Biosafety Projects are implementatd through specific and "country or regional driven" activities to support Biosafety Decision making and the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.  UNEP provides a platform through its regional coordination workshops and information sharing mechanisms to highlight best practices, lessons learnt and best practices to support the proj

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Biosafety guidelines and manuals

The UNEP-GEF Biosafety Unit codifies lessons learnt and best practices from projects highlighting emerging trends in biotechnology and biosafety, guidelines, manuals on thematic issues and peer reviewed scientific publications to support the work of countries in the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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Biosafety Capacity Building Projects

The UNEP-GEF Projects on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks are "country or regional driven" projects. The participating countries or regions are also expected to ensure coordination with other relevant capacity building projects to avoid duplication and ensure synergy.

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Biosafety Projects

BCH Capacity Building Project

In March 2004, the GEF approved a new UNEP-GEF project entitled “Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) of the Cartagena Protocol” to assist Parties of the CPB.

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UNEP-GEF Project on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks

In November 2001, the GEF Council approved 12 proposals for projects to support countries with the implementation of their national biosafety frameworks (NBFs).

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UNEP-GEF Project on Development of National Biosafety Frameworks

This global project is designed to help countries comply with the Cartagena Protocol, and takes into account the lessons learned from the UNEP-GEF Pilot Project on Development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs).

Activities include:

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UNEP-GEF Pilot Biosafety Enabling Activity Project

The UNEP-GEF Pilot Biosafety Enabling Activity Project, a US $2.7 million project, was approved by the GEF Council in November 1997. The project was completed over a 16 month time period.

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Publications

GEF Initial Biosafety Strategy

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Building Biosafety Capacity

The Role of UNEP and the Biosafety Unit
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Public Participation and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

A Review for DfID and UNEP-GEF
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Guidance towards Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks

Lessons Learned from the UNEP Demonstration Projects
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Regulation of Biotechnology: nNeeds and burdens for developing countries

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The Global UNEP-GEF BCH Capacity Building Project

Learning from Experience
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Biosafety and the Environment

An introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
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UNEP-GEF Building Capacity for the Implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

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A Comparative Analysis of Experiences and Lessons From the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Projects

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UNEP-GEF Project on Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

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