|UNEP-GEF BIOSAFETY PROJECTS|
page is a collection of all documents
and materials on the activities on the UNEP-GEF
Biosafety Projects. Relevant information on
biosafety and links to documents and publications
from collaborating organizations may also be
i. The Cartagena Protocol seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. The UNEP-GEF Biosafety Projects aim to meet the aims and obligations of this Protocol.
ii. The GEF
initial strategy is a strategy which was
developed by the Global Environment Facility
(GEF), the financial mechanism for the Cartagena
Protocol, to assist countries to prepare for
the entry into force of the Protocol. The UNEP-GEF
Biosafety projects aim to implement the strategy
by assisting countries to establish national
biosafety frameworks, 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.
Development project documents
The Global Programme Document and National Project Documents are final formal documents, which set out the needs, activities, workplan, budget, supporting data and any special arrangements applicable to the execution of the UNEP-GEF projects.
i. BCH Questionnaire
Implementation project documents
The information papers provide an overview of the UNEP-GEF Biosafety Projects, their components and their activities within participating countries:
Regional Workshops (first series)
Sub-regional Workshops (second series)
The second series of subregional workshops was aimed at helping participants learn about lessons and practices so that they could facilitate the development of the national biosafety framework in their individual countries. These workshops focused on how to draft and structure two of the key elements (namely risk management and public participation) in developing their national biosafety frameworks.
Sub-regional Workshops (third series)
The objective of the third series of subregional workshops was to help participants acquire a better understanding of the different options for regulatory regime and administrative systems for biosafety, as well as legal and administrative requirements of the Cartagena Protocol.
Note: All workshop reports are available on this web site without Annex 1 (list of participants)
The newsletters provide regular updates on the UNEP-GEF Projects and their activities:
The aim of the toolkits is to provide a practical "how-to" guide for countries to assist them in developing their draft National Biosafety Framework (NBF).
Midtermreview.pdf (PDF format) ii. This is a list of requirements that need to be fulfilled at the date of entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety:CBDS Notification 2003-093.
iii. Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters: Draft guidelines on access to information, public participation and Access to justice with respect to genetically modified organisms(also available in French, Russian and Spanish)
You may find useful documents and indication of other biosafety web sites at the following URL: