biosafety framework News

  • A layered approach to biosafety in Southern Africa

    A layered and cooperative approach would help Southern African countries harmonise their biosafety laws, says Julius Mugwagwa. African countries have debated the pros and cons of modern biotechnologies for the best part of two decades. For Southern Africa, the debate changed fundamentally with the 2002–2003 food emergency. The region had faced food emergencies before, but this crisis posed an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Nigerian biosafety bill may fail, say scientists

    Supporters of genetically modified (GM) crop technology fear that their four-year effort to get a biosafety bill enacted in Nigeria may have been in vain if the country's upper house fails to pass it before its tenure ends next month (29 May). The 2007 bill, passed by the country's lower chamber last July, is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Participants at UN-backed meeting agree to work towards rules on biosafety

    More than 2,000 participants attending a week-long biosafety meeting have agreed to work towards legally binding rules for liability and redress for potential damage caused by the movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports. The participants at the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in ...


    By United Nations

  • Synthetic biology: built-in barriers could prevent interactions with natural biology

    A recent analysis highlights advances in the field of synthetic biology and efforts to develop approaches that will prevent non-natural organisms from interfering with natural organisms and ecosystems. It suggests that synthetic organisms could be developed with inbuilt ‘firewalls’ that prevent genetic interactions with other organisms. Synthetic biology is a rapidly emerging ...

  • Preparation for EU Environment Council, 3 March 2008

    The first Environment Council under the Slovenian presidency will take place in Brussels on 3 March 2008. Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas will represent the European Commission. The Council will hold policy debates on the Climate Action and Renewable Energy (CARE) package presented by the Commission in January and the proposed Regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars. It is also ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Invasive species: monitoring system aims to protect vulnerable Antarctic

    Better monitoring is needed to safeguard the Antarctic against threats posed by invasive alien species, according to a new study. The authors developed ‘the Antarctic Biological Invasions Indicator’ (ABII) to help generate data for tracking trends in alien invasions and the measures taken to prevent them. Invasive alien species are a leading threat to biodiversity. Currently, there ...

  • Governments complete preparations for the entry into force of Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

    Governments have established firm foundations for the operation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing of Genetic Resources, contributing to the momentum towards entry into force and setting the agenda for the first meeting of its governing body, expected to take place in October 2014. The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on ...

  • Nagoya Protocol meeting prepares for entry into force of ground-breaking treaty on genetic resources

    Governments meet in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea this week for discussions which will finalise preparations for the first meeting of the governing body of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 1). The third ...

  • European governments focus on reducing CO2 emissions from cars

    EU Environment Council, 3 March - the council adopted conclusions on environment focusing on the following priorities: climate change and energy, halting biodiversity loss, environmental technologies, sustainable consumption and production, and simplification of legislation. The conclusions will be submitted to the spring European Council. The Council held policy debates on the climate action and ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

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