The Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) in the Kingdom of Bahrain convened for a second time to fine-tune the third national report to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and to draw the future path for the Protocol's implementation. The event which took place on November 28 and 29, 2016 in Movenpick hotel in Manama - gathered national stakeholders from public and private sectors to discuss the guidelines and action plan for the Protocol's implementation. The development of the Third National Report was funded by GEF and technically supported by UNEP-ROWA. The report was developed and activities implemented in a collaborative atmosphere between Ms. Nouf Al Wasmi- CPB National Focal Point, Miss. Reem Al Mealla National Consultant and Dr. Elsa Sattout - International Consultant. Capacity building tools used during the 2nd workshop relied on the UNEP-GEF BCH I project entitled: 'Successfully operationalize the Biosafety Clearing House [BCH] mechanism in contracting parties and parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity'.
The 2-days workshop aimed at raising awareness on the CPB's main elements and provisions and introducing the Biosafety Clearing House as an important tool for CPB's implementation. It also presented the gap analysis related to the existing legal and administrative framework executed within the context of the development of the third national biosafety report. Today, Representatives from the private and public sectors decided about Bahrain national biosafety policy as well as on the guiding principles and application's mechanism of the Advanced Informed Agreement. Both activities show SCE-Bahrain strong commitment towards its citizens and the world regarding the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) finalised in February 2016. National biosafety assessment and the development of guidelines and action plan for the implementation of the Protocol were put on 2016 NBSAP’s agenda of work. That seems to be a promising first step towards moving forward in a timely manner in the NBSAP's implementation in the Kingdom.