CBD Releases Reports of Regional Workshops on Liability and Redress

1 August 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the reports of two regional workshops on the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress, in Africa and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The CEE regional workshop was held 16-17 June 2011, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was attended by representatives from 10 countries of the CEE region that are Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The African workshop was held 21-22 July 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was organized in collaboration with the African Union (AU) Commission. It was attended by representatives from 28 Parties to the Biosafety Protocol as well as representatives of regional economic commissions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

Both workshops addressed: basic concepts and facts relating to liability and redress; the negotiation process and overview of the Supplementary Protocol; stakeholder perspectives; scenarios of damage and cases of liability; experiences and approaches in the region in providing rules on liability and redress; and signature and ratification.

The report of the CEE workshop is available on the websites of the CBD and the Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH). The BCH also offers an introductory video on the Supplementary Protocol, as well as the background materials of both workshops. Materials and reports of other regional workshops will be posted as they become available. [BCH Portal on Regional Workshops]