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Activities and Resources

Integrated implementation project (2017-2018)

Over the 2017-2018 biennium the Secretariat is implementing a project, entitled “Integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and the Convention on Biological Diversity”. The project is generously supported by the Government of Japan, through the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

The project aims at supporting Parties in strengthening capacities for mainstreaming biosafety and integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The project builds on a pilot project on integrated implementation implemented over the 2015-2016 biennium and is has been developed in response to a number of decisions by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety calling for the integration of biosafety into relevant policies, plans and programmes, including national biodiversity strategies and action plans (e.g. decisions BS-V/16, BS-VII/5, XII/29, CP-VIII/3). For example, at its eighth meeting, the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol requested the Executive Secretary to undertake relevant activities in order to enhance the capacity of Parties to promote the integration of biosafety considerations into NBSAPs and national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (decision CP-VIII/15).

The project consists of activities at the national, regional and global level.

National level activities

Ten Parties to the Cartagena Protocol participate in national level activities. These Parties will analyze the extent to which biosafety is integrated into existing national policies, laws and reflected in institutional structures and describe processes that led to the successful mainstreaming of biosafety in these instruments or institutions. Parties will furthermore identify opportunities for further strengthening mainstreaming biosafety in legal and policy instruments and institutions. Recommendations for enhancing mainstreaming efforts will be outlined in a mainstreaming strategy. The draft mainstreaming strategy will be presented at a national workshop and a final version will be presented at a seminar to which a wide variety of sectoral and cross-sectoral stakeholders, as well as decision makers, media and politicians will be invited.

Regional level activities

The regional level activities consist of the organization of three regional workshops, for the Asia and the Pacific region, the Africa region and the GRULAC region, respectively. The national focal points of the Convention and the Protocol of ten countries will be invited to each workshop, as well as a legal or policy specialist responsible for the implementation or ratification of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol. The workshops aim at strengthening capacities for mainstreaming biosafety and for the implementation of the Supplementary Protocol.

The Asia Sub Regional Workshop on strengthening capacities for the integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 6-10 November 2017. More information is available here. The workshop for the Africa region was held in Lilongwe, Malawi - 19-23 February 2018 and the workshop for the GRULAC region will be held in Mexico City, Mexico - 16-20 April.

Global level activities

The global level activities consist of the expansion of the development of a tool that allows Parties to develop a mainstreaming biosafety strategy. This tool complements an e-learning module and toolkit on biosafety mainstreaming developed in a previous phase of the project. An e-learning module on the Supplementary Protocol will also be prepared. All e-learning materials, including the e-learning module and toolkit on biosafety mainstreaming will be translated into French and Spanish. Some of these e-learning materials are already available on the e-learning platform.

Pilot project on integrated implementation and mainstreaming biosafety (2015-2016)

Over the 2015-2016 biennium, nine Parties participated in a pilot project aimed at strengthening capacities for the integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level. The project was funded by the Government of Japan, through the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

Participating Parties analyzed the extent to which biosafety is integrated into existing national policies, laws and reflected in institutional structures and described processes that led to the successful mainstreaming of biosafety in these instruments or institutions. The findings were documented in a national desk study. In their desk studies, Parties also identified challenges, capacity needs, opportunities, good practices and lessons learned to further mainstreaming biosafety. Each draft national desk study was presented at a round-table meeting where participants from different sectors provided input. The final desk study was presented at an awareness-building seminar targeting among others decision-makers and media with a view to securing the necessary political support for biosafety mainstreaming.

The desk studies are available on this page. A synthesis report of all nine national desk studies was prepared and is available here.

Representatives of the Parties involved in the project shared their experiences at a global workshop held in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova in October 2016.

Building on the findings at the national level, the Secretariat, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, developed an e-learning module and toolkit to facilitate integrated implementation at the national level. These materials are available on the CBD e-learning platform and are being expanded and translated into French and Spanish.

   
   

National experiences with biosafety mainstreaming: (national desk studies)

Belarus   Belarus
 
Burkina Faso   Burkina Faso
 
China   China
 
ecuador   Ecuador SP

EN

 
Malawi   Malawi
 
Malaysia   Malaysia
 
Mexico   Mexico SP

(annex)
 
Republic of Moldova   Republic of Moldova
 
Uganda   Uganda

Synthesis report on the national desk studies:

web   Synthesis report