|UNEP-GEF BIOSAFETY PROJECTS|
The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted on 29 January 2000 a supplementary agreement to the Convention, known as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The objective of this Protocol is “to contribute to ensuring an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, and specifically focusing on transboundary movements”.
Following the adoption of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in January 2000, the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) adopted in November 2000 the GEF Initial Strategy on Biosafety, which is aimed at assisting countries to be prepared for the coming into force of the Biosafety Protocol through the establishment of national biosafety frameworks (NBFs).
The objectives of the GEF Initial Strategy on
The activities proposed to implement
these strategies are:
Currently, UNEP-GEF is running three projects to implement the GEF strategy:
A national biosafety framework is a combination of policy, legal, administrative and technical instruments that are set in place to address safety for the environment and human health in relation to modern biotechnology. These frameworks often focus on living modified organisms or, as they are often referred to, genetically modified organisms (GMOs)*.
Establishing an adequate level of biosafety is typically an ongoing, iterative process of developing a draft national biosafety framework, implementing the framework, and continuous evaluation and feedback.
Although national biosafety frameworks vary from country to country, they usually contain a number of common components:
This web site provides further information about the activities of UNEP working on the GEF Initial Strategy on Biosafety:
ABOUT gives background information on the GEF Initial Strategy on Biosafety, and the UNEP activities aimed at implementing that strategy.
DEVELOPMENT PROJECT gives background information and updates on the UNEP-GEF Global Project on Development of National Biosafety Frameworks.
IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS gives background information and updates on the UNEP-GEF Projects on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks.
BCH PROJECT gives information on the Biosafety Clearing House Project and its components.
RESOURCES provides links to relevant documents and other resources on the Biosafety projects.
NEWS gives an update on the latest developments in UNEP-GEF Biosafety projects.