We support projects that help countries fulfill their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol, or that enable them to become Parties to the agreement.
The UN Environment-GEF Biosafety Unit supports several projects funded through the GEF that enable countries to fulfill their obligations as parties to the CPB or enable countries to become Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB).
The specific project interventions include development and implementation of biosafety frameworks at national and regional levels. Countries have participated or currently participating in the following UNEP-GEF Biosafety projects:
- UN Environment-GEF Pilot Biosafety Enabling Activity Project: a project which ran in 18 countries from 1997 until 2000, further to GEF Council approval.
- UN Environment-GEF Project on Development of National Biosafety Frameworks: started in June 2001, aiming to assist up to 100 countries. In January 2004, the GEF approved additional funding for a further 20 countries. 123 countries participated in the Global Development Project.
- UN Environment-GEF Project on Implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks: started in December 2002. There are currently 40 countries (25 countries have completed the project) participating in the Project.
- BCH Capacity Building Projects: received final clearance in March 2004 and supported 139 eligible countries (referred to as BCH I). The BCH II Project supported 50 countries. The BCH III Project is ongoing and is supporting 76 countries.
Biosafety National Reporting
We work with governments to help them meet their reporting obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.