Biosafety mainstreaming refers to the integration of biosafety concerns into cross-sectoral and sectoral legislation, policies and institutional frameworks, taking into account national circumstances and priorities. For example, biosafety concerns can be addressed in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs)
, national development plans and national legislation related to environment and agriculture.
Mainstreaming biosafety contributes to the synergetic and coordinated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol, facilitates the establishment and development of effective biosafety systems at the national level and supports more resource-efficient implementation.
In light of the strong linkages between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, mainstreaming biosafety contributes to ensuring the coordination implementation of these two instruments. Addressing biosafety concerns in NBSAPs is an important way of integration at the policy level.More »