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Published October 06, 2010, 09:53 AM

Prep talks start in Nagoya on int’l accord on damage from GM crops

TOKYO — Preparatory talks started Wednesday in Nagoya to discuss an international accord on compensatory measures for damage caused by genetically modified crops to biological diversity and people’s health, kicking off three-week biodiversity talks in the central Japanese city.

TOKYO — Preparatory talks started Wednesday in Nagoya to discuss an international accord on compensatory measures for damage caused by genetically modified crops to biological diversity and people’s health, kicking off three-week biodiversity talks in the central Japanese city.

The three-day preparatory talks precede the fifth meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Nagoya on Oct. 11-15, which will seek to adopt the accord as a supplement to the protocol, in place under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The accord aims to enable states to order operators who brought in damage-causing genetically modified living organisms to take necessary restorative measures.

While countries have agreed on an overall framework of the accord, some issues remain unresolved, such as whether to subject to the supplementary protocol derivative products made using modified living organisms that do not contain such organisms themselves, and whether to set up a fund for compensatory measures.

The main biodiversity conference in Nagoya is the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, or COP10, which will be held on Oct. 18-29.

Two major themes at the meeting are setting new targets for protecting various organisms in the world and concluding a global pact that stipulates how benefits from the use of genetic resources should be shared.

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