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Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol

The Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

After several years of negotiations the final plenary of COP/MOP5 successfully adopted the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on 15 October 2010. The Supplementary Protocol adopts an approach to addressing response measures in the event of damage to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity resulting from living modified organisms (LMOs) that find their origin in transboundary movements. The supplementary protocol determines in the event of damage- or sufficient likelihood of damage - responsibilities for necessary response measures and how costs are to be distributed. Response measures means reasonable actions to prevent, minimize, contain, mitigate, or otherwise avoid damage as well as restore the loss of biological diversity.

In the event of damage the operator (any person in direct or indirect control of the LMOs) has to inform the competent authority immediately, to evaluate the damage and to take appropriate response measures. The competent authority shall identify the operator which has caused the damage, evaluate the damage and determine which response measures should be taken by the operator. The competent authority has the right to recover from the operator the costs and expenses, also in events where there is sufficient likelihood of damage.

The regulations of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol are in conformity with prevailing legislation in Switzerland - especially the Federal Act Relating to Non-human Gene Technology (Loi sur le génie génétique, LGGico_extern).

All parties are invited to sign ant ratify the Supplementary Protocol at the earliest opportunity. Increasing international trade of LMOs makes the Cartagena Protocol more important than ever for a sustainable development. The mutual consent on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol creates the conditions to address these challenges. Therefore Switzerland already signed the the Protocol (news release of the Federal Office for the Environment, 12.05.2011ico_extern).


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Last updated on: 16.09.2014

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