Support for the Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework for Bulgaria

Project Summary

The overall objectives of this demonstration project on biosafety is to provide support to strengthen capacity building for the implementation of national biosafety framework in compliance with the obligations of the Cartagena Protocol. The specific objectives are: a) to support the establishment of the regulatory and administrative biosafety management system in to enable an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology, with a specific focus on transboundary movements in Bulgaria. b) to establish procedures for risk assessment and monitoring; c) to strengthen capacity building through training of trainers on LMOs related to risk assessment and management, testing and monitoring, legal issues, institutional set ups and intellectual property rights; d) to promote and strengthen information sharing and dissemination among the relevant stakeholders, and enhance public awareness.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Environment Programme
Executing Agencies
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
407,879 USD
Co-financing Total
96,280 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 504,159.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 Jun 2001
Concept Approved
01 Dec 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
17 Jul 2002
Project closed
31 May 2006