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Convention on Biological Diversity

Biosafety Protocol

The Conference of the Parties (COP), by its decision II/5, established an Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Biosafety with a mandate to develop a draft protocol focusing on transboundary movement of living modified organisms that may have adverse effect on biodiversity.

On 29 January 2000, the COP adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Protocol seeks to protect biodiversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology.

For more information on the Biosafety Protocol please visit the Canadian Node of the Biosafety Clearing-House.