Support for the Implementation of the Uganda National Biosafety Framework (NBF) within the context of the Cartagena protocol

Project Summary

The overall objectives of this demonstraton 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. Three areas of capacity building needs were identified through the first phase pilot project on biosafety: capacity building in biosafety regulation, scientific capacity building in biosafety, and biosafety enforcement and monitoring capacity building. Specific objectives are as follows: a) set up a regulatory and administrative system 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 Uganda, and meet the obligations foreseen under the Cartagena Protocol; b) strengthen the capacity building on biosafety legislation/operational management, risk assessment/management/ monitoring;c) strengthen national infrastructure for LMOs testing; d) enhance public awareness and promote dissemination among the relevant stakeholders; and e) strengthen the information system.

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
Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
GEF Project Grant
560,000 USD
Co-financing Total
82,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 642,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
29 Jun 2001
Concept Approved
01 Dec 2001
Project Approved for Implementation
08 Jul 2002
Project closed
30 Jun 2006