The objectives of the GEF Initial Strategy on Biosafety are:
The activities proposed to implement these strategies are assisting:
- To assist in the development of national biosafety frameworks through capacity building
- 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.
Currently, UNEP-GEF is running three activities to implement the GEF strategy by
- 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.
- 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.