GEF Initial Biosafety Strategy

The main objectives of this initial strategy are to: a) assist countries in the establishment of national biosafety frameworks, b) promote information sharing and collaboration, especially at the regional and subregional level, and c) promote collaboration with other organizations to assist capacity-building for the Protocol.


Building Biosafety Capacity

The Role of UNEP and the Biosafety Unit

Building on UNEP’s ten-year track in the emerging field of biosafety, the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Unit has taken a leading role in implementing the GEF Biosafety Strategy through three key activities. All these projects are enabling some 140 developing and transition countries to develop a basic capacity in dealing with biosafety issues.


Public Participation and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

A Review for DfID and UNEP-GEF

The paper is a commissioned review on Public Participation in relation to the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety prepared by IDS for DFID and UNEP-GEF. This study looks at public participation in the development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs).


Guidance towards Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks

Lessons Learned from the UNEP Demonstration Projects

This guidance is an analysis of eight UNEP managed demonstration projects for the Implementation of national biosafety frameworks between 2002 and 2006. The findings and recommendations offer valuable lessons to countries moving towards the Implementation of similar projects. It provides a synthesis and analysis of lessons learned from the 8 implementation projects.


Regulation of Biotechnology: nNeeds and burdens for developing countries

This paper addresses many of the issues that arise from the use of Genetic modification techniques that allow new living modified organisms to be produced which have characteristics that have not necessarily been found before. Genes are copied from organisms that are unrelated to those into which they are inserted.


The Global UNEP-GEF BCH Capacity Building Project

Learning from Experience

The UNEP-GEF project for Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House has been enabling countries to successfully meet their obligations as Parties to the Protocol by building capacity and helping to set-up national systems for BCH participation since 2004.


Biosafety and the Environment

An introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The introduction to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was published by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United NationsEnvironment Programme to assist public understanding of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. It is not intended to provide legal interpretation of the Protocol.


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

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have a proven track record in responding to international requests for assistance in the field of biosafety. The CBD has designated the GEF as its overall financial mechanism, as well as the financial mechanism of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.


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

This study looks at the 124 countries that participated in the UNEP-GEF Project for Development of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBF), hereinafter referred to as the NBF development project, as well as the 8 countries that participated in the UNEP-GEF demonstration projects for the implementation of the NBFs, hereinafter referred to as the 8 demonstration implementation projects, focussing on



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