The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has welcomed the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress which came into effect on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Japan.
NBA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Lackson Tonga said the protocol was key in contextualization of the Biosafety Act.
“Zambia is a part to 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, is very welcome and timely,” he said.
“The Cartagena Protocol is important because it addresses the handling and transiting of GMOs so that they do not have adverse effects on human, animal health and the environment. The protocol is also important for trade purposes and helps ensure that all those that are party to it adhere to the regulations.”
Zambia acceded to the Cartagena Protocol in 2004. The Supplementary Protocol was adopted on 15 October 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). The Protocol requires that response measures are taken in the event of damage resulting from LMOs or where there is sufficient likelihood that damage will result if timely response measures are 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, minimize, contain, mitigate or otherwise avoid damage or measures to restore biological diversity.