Experts' profiles - Christopher Briggs
Christopher Briggs
Christopher Briggs is an ecologist with over 25 years of experience in working on environmental issues and almost as many years as a manager of capacity development projects, specializing in renewable natural resources and conservation of biodiversity. In 2001, he arrived in Geneva, Switzerland to run GEF-UNEP`s Biosafety Unit, which works with developing countries to help put in place regulatory systems to ensure that applications of modern biotechnology do not have negative impacts on biodiversity. Before joining UNEP in 2001, he was Regional Coordinator for UNDP-GEF for Central and Eastern Europe and worked on expansion of the portfolio of biodiversity and international waters projects.

Since joining UNEP he has worked closely with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which is a Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective of the 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 resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking into account risks to human health, and specifically focusing on transboundary movements. This has led to a need to understand country situations and offer them neutral and supportive tools so that countries can become consistent with the Protocol in terms of law, administrative systems, public participation, information, risk assessment and risk management and participation in the Biosafety Clearing House, among other aspects of the Protocol.

Christopher will try to answer any questions that you may have on any aspect of biosafety. His answers are personal and do not necessarily represent the official position of either the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety or UNEP.
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