UNEP-GEF Project on the development of a National Biosafety Framework for Malta
In May 2004, MEPA signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to be granted funds by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for this project.
The aim of the project was to enable Malta to set up a framework for the management of living-modified organisms (hereafter referred to as LMOs) at a national level - National Biosafety Framework - in order to be able to meet the requirements and obligations of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the related EU Acquis Regulations, Directives and Decisions.
The project involved the setting up of a detailed work plan with time-tables and cross-related budget agreed by Malta and UNEP; the gathering of necessary information to produce inventories, reports and roster of experts; the drafting of legislation to implement the Cartagena Protocol in Malta; and the carrying out of various workshops and seminars, including national workshops to review main findings and identify gaps and priority needs, awareness seminars for specific target groups and stakeholder workshops to support the key components of the National Biosafety Framework.
These led to the drafting of a National Biosafety Framework for Malta and the setting up of an improved system dealing with administration, risk assessment and management, access of information for all stakeholders, publication of inventories and other outreach material and information flow to the Biosafety Clearing House set up by the Cartagena Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in line with the EU Acquis.
The phase of the project that involved gathering of data was outsourced through an invitation to tender. Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Limited has been awarded the tender in October 2005.
Webpage on biosafety under UNEP website
Project process and development of a National Biosafety Framework for Malta
Public Consultation Seminar held on 3rd November 2006
National Biosafety Framework for Malta