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Biosafety Clearing-House NewsKingdom of Bahrain- A first step towards the implementation of the CPB.
On September 8th, the Supreme Council for Environment convened the first national workshop in the Kingdom of Bahrain to launch the development of the Third National Report (TNR) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.  The development of the report is led by the Supreme Council for Environment with the technical support provided by international and national consultants. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office of West Asia (UNEP-ROWA). The workshop brought together representatives from relevant government agencies, private sector, universities and NGOs. It aimed at introducing the CPB's objective, scope, main components and implementation procedures and tools. Sessions presented the state of the CPB's ratification  and implementation in the Gulf countries and Northern Arabian Peninsula. They open the ground for discussion on the preliminary results stemming from questionnaires filled in by relevant agencies and consultation meetings held with national stakeholders.  Interactive sessions addressed various aspects of the protocol's implementation with relevant government agencies including the Agriculture and Marine Resources affairs, Ministry of health and Customs Affairs. On the other hand, the workshop ensured the participation of all stakeholders in defining institutional, technical and financial capacities needs for the effective implementation of the protocol. Following the development of Bahrain’s TNR, stakeholders shall convene at a second national workshop in November to discuss the needed action and to draw a road map  for the implementation of the protocol.