Cameroon is Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which she ratified in August 1994. Under the provisions of the CBD, Cameroon signed the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) on 9 th February 2001 and later ratified the CPB on the 18 th of December 2001. The main objective of the CPB is to ensure an adequate level of protection in the field of safe transfer, handling, manipulation, use and transboundary movement of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), resulting from Modern Biotechnology and that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, taking also into account the risks to human and animal health.
Article 20 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety created the Biosafety Clearing House (BCH) http://bch.biodiv.org , which is an information exchange mechanism, established to assist Parties to the CPB to implement its provisions and to facilitate the sharing of information on and experience with Genetically Modified Organisms.
Users of the BCH can search its database for information in the following categories:
- National Contacts
- Laws and Regulations
- Decisions and Declarations
- Capacity Building
- Roster of Experts
Following the adoption of the Global Environment Facility's “Initial Strategy on Biosafety” in November 2000 ( www.gefweb.org ) to assist countries to prepare for the entry into force of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Cameroon, which participated in the negotiation of the Protocol and had also ratified it, was one of the 8 beneficiary Countries of the UNEP/GEF Biosafety Implementation Projects (www.unep.ch/biosafety ) whose main goal was to establish an operational National Biosafety Framework. This Project also had as one of its specific objectives to develop a National Biosafety Clearing House (nBCH) for Cameroon, to facilitate the implementation of the objectives of the CPB.
It is important to note that it is incumbent on the Cameroon Biosafety Clearing House to cover Biosafety related issues in the Central African Sub-region in its capacity as Sub-regional Focal Point on Biosafety.
WHAT MORE TO FIND ON THIS WEBSITE
The National Biosafety Framework in Cameroon which treats on: Government policy on Biosafety , the regulatory regime for Biosafety , the system to handle request , the system for public information and public participation and the system for enforcement and monitoring for environmental effects.
Reports on the activities of the Cameroon Biosafety Project and other sub-regional biosafety activities.
Capacity Building Programmes on Biosafety related issues by the Cameroon Biosafety Project and partners to the Cameroon Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
News on updates of latest developments on Biosafety in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region.
Other links to documentations and sites relevant to the Biosafety domaine