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About the Biosafety Unit 

The objectives of the GEF Initial Strategy on Biosafety are:
  • To assist in the development of national biosafety frameworks through capacity building initiatives;
  • To promote information sharing and collaboration, especially at the regional and sub-regional level;
  • To promote collaboration with other organizations to assist capacity-building for the Protocol.
The activities proposed to implement these strategies are assisting: 
  • In developing national biosafety frameworks (NBF);
  • In implementing the national biosafety frameworks (NBFs);
  • In supporting countries to participate in the biosafety clearing-house (BCH);
  • In coordinating with other organizations to provide biosafety-related assistance;
  • In enhancing scientific and technical advice to GEF on biosafety issues.
Currently, UNEP-GEF is running three activities to implement the GEF strategy by assisting:
  • 123 countries to develop a draft NBF;
  • Countries to implement these NBFs;
  • 139 countries to participate in and benefit from the BCH.

The UNEP-GEF Biosafety projects aim to implement the strategy by assisting countries to establish NBFs, 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.

As of July 2009, 111 countries had completed their draft NBFs, eight countries had completed implementing their NBFs, 11 countries started implementing their NBFs, and 122 countries are currently setting up their participation in the BCH.

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