Support to Preparation of the Second National Biosafety Reports to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

GEF ID: 4523
Focal Areas: Biodiversity
Country(ies): Burkina Faso Djibouti Burundi Benin Botswana Algeria Guinea Rwanda Tanzania Namibia Dem Rep Congo Niger Nigeria Tunisia Liberia Lesotho Togo Chad Ghana Libya Guinea-Bissau Zambia Cameroon Egypt South Africa Angola Central African Republic Gabon Ethiopia Gambia Zimbabwe Cape Verde Eritrea Swaziland Madagascar Kenya Mali Comoros Mauritius Malawi Somalia Senegal Mauritania Seychelles Uganda Mozambique Sudan
Geograpic scope: Regional
Project Description:

Parties are required under Article 33 of the CPB, to submit National Reports on the status of their compliance, every four years. In its decision BS-I/9, the COP-MOP adopted a reporting format and requested Parties to submit reports every four years.

According to decision BS-V/14, the second regular national report is to be submitted to the Secretariat, no later than 30th September 2011, in an official language of the United Nations through the BCH (see ).  Parties are encouraged to respond to all questions in the reporting form. Complete information is required for the establishment of baseline data for the subsequent assessment and review processes of the Protocol as required for article 35 with guidance in BS V/ as well as to measure progress in the implementation of the Biosafety Strategic Plan 2011 – 2020 (BS V/16).


In compiling the national reports, a three step approach is proposed as follows

         i.            Downloading of offline reporting form to gather data and organize information

       ii.            Preparation of national reports through a consultative process involving all relevant stakeholders as appropriate.

      iii.            Filling of the online form and submission by the BCH National Focal Points through the BCH.

In order to assist the Parties to meet their obligation under the Protocol in a timely and effective manner, the GEF funding support will be utilized through UNEP to assist the Parties by giving the Parties the necessary technical advisory support in data collection, consultations with the relevant stakeholders, interpretation of Protocol related issues and in the compilation, review and submission of the report in the required format.

The proposed Regional Medium Sized Project will be used to group several eligible parties requesting for enabling activity support from the Focal Area Set Aside funds to assist  48  Eligible Parties in the Africa region to meet the obligations of article 33, these parties are mainly in sub Saharan Africa whilst the remaining parties including four in North Africa, Sudan and Mauritania will be constituted into the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) group due to commonalities of culture and operational efficiency to enable UNEP provide rapid and efficient support through its regional advisory support in the region in Arabic, French and English. The expected results, key deliverables and bench marks are captured in Appendices 4 – 6.  The main criteria for taking part in the project are

i.         Being eligible as a Party to access GEF funding support;

ii.       Submission of a letter of endorsement indicating interest in the proposed project concept. 

Lead Executing Agency: Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment
Project Type: MSP
PPG/PDF Grant: $ 0.00
PPG Confinancing: $ 0.00
Project Grant: $ 1,000,000.00
Project Confinancing: $ 840,000.00

Project Status

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CEO Approval Date  Unspecified No Document
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Completion Date  Unspecified No Document