Following the adoption of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in January 2000, a number of countries embarked on developing legal, administrative and other measures to facilitate its implementation. The sharing of information and experience gained by Parties in these processes is vital to the effective implementation of the Protocol. In this regard, a fair on national experiences with the national implementation of the Biosafety Protocol was held at the margins of COP-MOP 6. The Fair was organized jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the Government of India as the host. It showcased national experiences, good practices and lessons learned with regard to different issues, including:
• National level implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for 2010-2020;
• Development and implementation of National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs);
• Design and implementation of biosafety capacity-building activities;
• Use of the Biosafety Clearing-House; and
• Implementation of the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) for 2011-2015.
The participating governments and organizations were able to present their activities and outputs in a variety of formats, including: posters, printed materials and CD-ROMs, videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.