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COUNTRIES WITH COMPLETED FINAL DRAFT NBFs

The Democratic Republic of Congo has finalized its NBF in December 2007, bringing the number of countries that have finished the Development project to 98

Please click on the links below to view initial and progress reports, final draft NBFs and further information on each of the countries listed:

    Africa (32)   Asia-Pacific (27)
 

Algeria
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cape Verde
Comoros
Congo
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Mali
Mozambique
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania, United Republic of
Togo

  Bangladesh
Bhutan
Cambodia
Indonesia
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Korea, Republic of
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lebanon
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Niue
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Samoa
Sri Lanka
Syrian Arab Republic
Tajikistan
Tonga
Vanuatu
Viet Nam
Yemen
       
  CEE (17)   LAC (22)
  Albania
Armenia
Belarus
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Georgia
Latvia
Lithuania
Malta
Moldova, Republic of
Romania
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Turkey
 

Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Bahamas
Barbados
Chile
Costa Rica
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras

Jamaica
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Uruguay

Venezuela

 

As 6th Decembery 2007, 98 countries have completed the majority of their Development of National Biosafety Projects and have draft NBFs on the UNEP Biosafety website and many others are well advanced. These projects have generated a wealth of in-country experience in building capacity for biosafety. UNEP Biosafety has begun to compile some of this experience internally with a preliminary case study "Building Biosafety Capacity in Developing Countries: Experiences of the UNEP-GEF Project on Development of National Biosafety Frameworks" which is now available for download as a pdf file here.

 

Newsletter No.7

The latest UNEP/GEF Biosafety Newsletter No. 7 (June 2005) is available online and can be found at:
http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/newsletter/newsletter_7.pdf
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PROJECT NEWS

BCH PROJECT

12/07/2006: New Regional Advisors
During a 2 weeks workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand (see report), the BCH project successfully trained additional Regional Advisors, experts in IT and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety . Thirty four [34] specialists from all regions are now ready to go on the field and advise/train UNEP-GEF BCH project participating countries

23/05/2005:GEF approved the project "Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the BCH (add-on to include 89 additional countries)". The UNEP-GEF BCH project is therefore expanded from 50 to 139 countries.

12/04/2005: BCH training modules developed in collaboration with UNITAR and SCBD are now published on the BCH training modules page.

21/03/2005: The selection process for BCH Regional Advisers, formerly known as Regional Experts, has now ended. Please click here to read short biographies of the advisors. All selected candidates have now been contacted.

25/01/2005: The third BCH Project quarterly report has been published and can be found at:
http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/BCH/BCHDocuments/BCHquarterly_rep_2004-03.pdf

13/01/2005: Geneva, 13-14 December, 2004: Report of the Consultation of Regional Scientists and Technical Experts on UNEP-GEF Project for Capacity Building for the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) has been published and can be found at:
http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/BCH/BCHDocuments/BCH_regcons13-14Dec2004rep.pdf

The OPERATIONAL HANDBOOK for Participating in the UNEP-GEF Project for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH) is available and can be found at:
http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/BCH/BCHDocuments/Handbook FINAL ver2.0.doc

 

 

STAFF MOVEMENTS

NEW STAFF

Ms Mallory Smuts has left the team to pursue other interests and we wish her every success.

Ms Belinda Clarke, an intern from New Zealand, left us in mid-June after three months. We wish her good luck in her new work in corporate law back in Wellington.

In March 2005, Professor Leonard O’Garro joined the team as the Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean. Leonard is a Geneticist and has been Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of the West Indies (UWI). He has also served on the Compliance Committee of the CPB. Leonard will be based in Barbados.

In April 2005 Dr David Duthie has joined us in April 2005 from the UNEP DGEF Nairobi office as Information Officer. David has worked with UNEP Nairobi for the last 5 years as part of the UNEP-GEF Biodiversity team, managing their portfolio of projects supporting the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In May 2005, Mr Ide Ahmed joined as Fund Management Officer (FMO) in the financial administration offices in Nairobi. Ide has over 5 years experience in audit and accounting of grassroots humanitarian projects via the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

 

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