COP7: Convention on Biodiversity


Convention on Biological Diversity
Convention on Biological Diversity

Some 2500 delegates currently meet in Malaysia to negotiate about how to protect biodiversity and about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Biodiversity Convention (CBD) and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

There are numerous open issues and concerns (Summary) like the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, Protected Areas (1 | 2), Technology Transfer, Access and Benefit Sharing, Traditional Knowledge, Biopiracy (1|2), as well as 'smaller' issues like the rights of coastal fishing communities, Terminator seeds/GURTs (video).

Besides the delegates, there are numerous members from NGOs and from Indigenous Peoples organisataions, because in contrast to other UN conventions the CBD allows for some relevant participation, even though of course there is a lack of equity, and for the ususal side events and actions like the Captain Hook Awards for Biopiracy or the Biodiversity Sale

The main fight has been so far to keep the WTO out of the CBD and to secure the right of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand.

[ Updates, statements, reports and video interviews from COP7/MOP1 are posted on BiotechIMC | Daily ECO newsletter | ETC group | Third World Network | Biotech Slam Poetry | video interviews: Terminator 1 | Terminator 2 | Technology Transfer | Pesticides| UK environmental minister on GM crops in the UK (1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6) ]

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Please fix the TWN link

peter 22.Feb.2004 21:49

The third World Network link on this article is broken. The link should point to

TWN is a great resource for information on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Look for Martine Khor's book (2002) - I found it to be a good starting point.

http:/ is definitely worth more than a casual glance.



gerd 27.Feb.2004 18:03

I encourage everyone to participate in disucssions on the international level on the issue of "intellectual property rights" which is dominated by industry and lawyers.

However I mentioned a few remarks by the bio-critics that showed complete lack of understanding of the problems of the patent system.

Also have a closer look at the IPR enforcement directive.

Good news from Venezuela

newsboy 23.Apr.2004 02:08

Cultivation of genetically modified crops to be prohibited on Venezuelan soil Jason Tockman writes: President Hugo Chavez Frias has announced that the cultivation of genetically modified crops will be prohibited on Venezuelan soil, possibly establishing the most sweeping restrictions on transgenic crops in the Western Hemisphere. Though full details of the administration’s policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are still forthcoming, the statement by President Chavez will lead most immediately to the cancellation of a contract that Venezuela had negotiated with the US-based Monsanto Corporation.