Latest news on Biosafety
- A downloadable/printable poster and a new factsheet are now available for the celebration of the entry into force of the Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, 5 March 2018
- Issue 13 of the Biosafety Protocol News, biosafety newsletter, entitled "Joint Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety/Aarhus Convention Cooperation Public Access to Information and Public Participation" is now available
About the Cartagena Protocol
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty governing the movements of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology from one country to another. It was adopted on 29 January 2000 as a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity and entered into force on 11 September 2003.Tanzania acceded to this Protocol on 16 March 2003.
The Protocol creates an enabling environment for the environmentally sound application of biotechnology, making it possible to derive maximum benefit from the potential that biotechnology has to offer, while minimizing the possible risks to the environment and to human health. Its seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. It establishes an advance informed agreement (AIA) procedure for ensuring that countries are provided with the information necessary to make informed decisions before agreeing to the import of such organisms into their territory. The Protocol contains reference to aprecautionary approach and reaffirms the precaution language in Principle 15 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The Protocol also establishes a Biosafety Clearing-House to facilitate the exchange of information on living modified organisms and to assist countries in the implementation of the Protocol.