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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2004-11-15 15:43 UTC (yyoshimura@worldbank.org)
Date of last update
2010-01-18 14:20 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-18 14:20 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
GEF Initial Strategy for Assisting Countries to Prepare for Entry into Force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
Contact person
Ms. Patricia Guest
Capacity Development Manager
Global Environment Facility (GEF)<
br>1818 H Street, N.W.<br>Washington DC 20433<br>USA
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • All countries eligible for GEF funding
  • Global
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Relevant government agencies in developing countries
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Type of Organization: International Organization
Budget information
Global Environment Facility - $$0.00
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
GEF will support individual, country-based demonstration projects, through any of the GEF Implementing Agencies. Assistance for the preparation of national biosafety frameworks will be provided through the project on "Development of National Biosafety Frameworks" implemented by UNEP. For support to the implementation of the national biosafety framework, the GEF proposes to finance a limited number of country-based demonstration projects (two per region for Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean). Modalities for these demonstration projects are being worked out by the GEF.

Coordination with other multilateral and bilateral organizations will be encouraged, in order to promote greater information exchange on the activities that are being financed, and to support an exchange of lessons learned and an effective and efficient delivery of assistance to developing countries.

It is proposed that GEF Secretariat, in collaboration with the Implementing Agencies and the Convention Secretariat, will periodically consult interested organizations to review activitites and assistance being provided to developing countries in the area of biosafety. Where possible, such consultations will be organized in the margins of appropriate CBD meetings.

The GEF would be available for support to countries to participate in the Biosafety Clearing-House. For the enhancement of scientific and technical advice to the GEF on biosafety issues, the GEF will solicit the views of experts chosen for their regional diversity and diversity of perspectives on issues relating to the implementation of this strategy. The roster of experts being developed by the CBD Secretariat will be a very useful resource for identifying experts from whom to solicit advice on biosafety issues. The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the GEF may be strengthened for this purpose also.

National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks

International level activities
International guidance
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
To strengthen the capacity for risk assessment and management with a wide degree of stakeholder participation
To promote information-sharing and collaboration at the regional and subregional level and among countries that share the same biomes/ecosystems
To promote identification, collaboration and coordination among other bilateral and multilateral organizations to assist capacity-building for the Protocol and explore optimization of partnerships with such organizations

To assist countries to prepare for the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety through the establishment of national biosafety frameworks.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House