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A joint Aarhus Convention/Cartagena Protocol workshop on public awareness, access to information and participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) was held on 8 - 9 October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, immediately before the fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP).

The workshop was organized in response to COP-MOP decisions BS-II/6 and BS-II/13 and to decision II/1 of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention which call for cooperation between the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety with a view to maximizing synergy and avoiding duplication of effort.

The workshop was intended to provide an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and experiences and lessons learned in promoting public awareness, access to information and participation in the subject area. It also produced recommendations to contribute to the discussions on the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning LMOs/GMOs at COP-MOP 5 and also to facilitate the implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs.

Focal points to both agreements were encouraged to collaborate closely on the preparation for the workshop and on the expected contributions from their respective countries to the formal sessions of COP-MOP.

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Provisional agenda PDF    
Information note for participants (prepared by CBD secretariat) PDF    
List of participants PDF    
Aarhus Convention GMO Amendment PDF PDF PDF
Lucca Guidelines PDF PDF PDF
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Article 23 PDF    
Document TitleENGFRERUS
Overview of Article 23 of the Cartagena Protocol and the programme of work on public awareness, education and participation:        
Erie Tamale, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity   PPT - -
Overview of article 6, paragraph 11 and the GMO Amendment to the Aarhus Convention:        
Fiona Marshall, Aarhus Convention secretariat, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe   PPT - -
Outreach and awareness-raising regarding LMOs/GMOs in developing countries:        
Lim Li Ching, Third World Network   PPT - -
Access to information, including access to scientific information and risk assessment:        
Ricarda Steinbrecher, Federation of German Scientists   PDF - -
Access to information case study 1: Outreach to small scale farmers in South Africa.   PDF    
Access to information Case study 2: Labelling of GM food in Australia.   PDF    
Experiences with developing and implementing national mechanisms, frameworks and systems:        
Hoang Thi Thanh Nhan, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam   PPT - -
National experiences in implementing the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol:        
Angela Lozan, Ministry for Environment, Moldova   PPT - -
Ilya Trombitsky, ECO Tiras International Environmental Association of Riverkeepers, Moldova    PPT -  
Ivan Narkevitch, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus   - - PPT
Public participation in LMO/GMO risk assessment procedures:        
Duncan Currie, Senior Legal Advisor, Greenpeace International   PPT - -
Public Participation case study 1:   PDF    
Public Participation case study 2:   PDF    
Implementation and enforcement of LMO/GMO-related laws:        
Lydia Astanina,  “Greenwomen” Environmental Analytical Agency, Kazakhstan   PDF - -
Serhiy Vykryst, European ECO Forum, Ukraine   PPT - -
Bathar Kone, African Union Commission   PPT - -
Irina Maia, GENET - European Network on Genetic Engineering, Portugal   PPT - -
Different types of public participation in LMO/GMO decisions:        
Martin Batic, Ministry of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Slovenia   PPT - -

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