NBA ex­plains biosafety pro­to­col im­por­tance

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By LINDA SOKO TEMBO

THE com­ing into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col is key in con­tex­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the Biosafety Act, Na­tional Biosafety Au­thor­ity (NBA) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lack­son Tonga has said.

In a state­ment is­sued to the Daily Na­tion, Mr Tonga ex­plained that the com­ing into ef­fect of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col was im­por­tant as it would ad­dress the han­dling and tran­sit­ing of Ge­net­i­cally Mod­i­fied Or­gan­isms (GMOs) to avoid ad­verse ef­fects on hu­man, an­i­mal health and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mr Tonga said the pro­to­col came into ef­fect on Mon­day, March 5, 2018 in Ja­pan and was also im­por­tant for trade pur­poses and helped to en­sure that all those that were party of it to ad­hered to the reg­u­la­tions.

He said Zam­bia was part of the Carta­gena Pro­to­col and the com­ing into ef­fect of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col on Li­a­bil­ity and Re­dress to the Carta­gena Pro­to­col on Biosafety, was very wel­come and timely.

“Zam­bia ac­ceded to the Carta­gena Pro­to­col in 2004 and the Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col was adopted on Oc­to­ber, 15 2010, in Ja­pan, as a sup­ple­men­tary agree­ment to the Carta­gena Pro­to­col. It aims to con­trib­ute to the con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able use of bio­di­ver­sity by pro­vid­ing in­ter­na­tional rules and pro­ce­dures in the field of li­a­bil­ity and re­dress re­lat­ing to Liv­ing Mod­i­fied Or­gan­isms (LMOs),” Mr Tonga said.

He ex­plained that the pro­to­col re­quired that re­sponse mea­sures to be taken in the event of dam- age re­sult­ing from LMOs or where there was suf­fi­cient like­li­hood that dam­age would re­sult if timely re­sponse mea­sures were not taken. “It also in­cludes pro­vi­sions in re­la­tion to civil li­a­bil­ity and Par­ties may de­velop them fur­ther. Re­sponse mea­sures are any rea­son­able ac­tions to pre­vent, min­imise, con­tain, mit­i­gate or oth­er­wise avoid dam­age or mea­sures to re­store bi­o­log­i­cal di­ver­sity,” he said.

Mr Tonga said that the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity (CBD) ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Dr Cris­tiana Paşca Palmer in wel­com­ing the entry into force of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col said.

“The entry into force of the Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col was a ma­jor mile­stone in the 25 years of the Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ven­tion, 15 years of the Biosafety Pro­to­col rep­re­sented a ma­jor step to­wards achiev­ing the ob­jec­tives of the Strate­gic Plan for the Biosafety Pro­to­col.” Mr Tonga said about forty-one par­ties had con­trib­uted to­wards the entry into force of the pro­to­col adding that among those that had rat­i­fied, ac­cepted, ap­proved or ac­ceded to the sup­ple­men­tary pro­to­col in­cluded Al­ba­nia, Bul­garia, Burk­ina Faso, Cam­bo­dia, Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Congo, to men­tion but a few.

“Zam­bia is yet to rat­ify to the sup­ple­men­tary pro­to­col. How­ever, we recog­nise its im­por­tance and the com­ing into ef­fect as Zam­bia is mak­ing head­ways in biosafety and biotech­nol­ogy,” he said. Mr Tonga stated that the Govern­ment of Ja­pan, through the Ja­pan Bio­di­ver­sity Fund, the CBD Sec­re­tar­iat was or­ga­niz­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port Par­ties in im­ple­ment­ing the Sup­ple­men­tary Pro­to­col at the na­tional level.

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