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Lithuania Joins International Treaty on Living GMOs

2011-05-17

Together with other 15 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, EU, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia) Lithuania joined the Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress regarding living genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in New York.

According to Laimutis Budrys, Director of Environment Protection Department of the Ministry of Environment, the international treaty supplements the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The latter was adopted in Montreal in January 2000 with the purpose of protecting biological diversity using modern biotechnologies. European Union and 160 countries, including Lithuania, have joined the protocol. In our country the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety came into effect in October 2003.

Same as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety the Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol is one of international instruments designed not only to help prevent damage but also build the atmosphere of trust when developing and applying modern biotechnologies. It is based on the Rio Declaration which calls for improvement of national legislation in the sphere of liability and redress and co-operation in improving international legislation on this issue. The Nagoya and Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol was adopted last October in Nagoya (Japan). Two months ago Sweden became the first country to join it, followed by Columbia, Denmark and the Netherlands. Text of the Supplementary Protocol is available online at
https://bch.cbd.int/protocol/NKL_text.shtml and http://gmo.am.lt/page?page=view&format=frontend&id=226549d4-ee03-47a7-8657-1410cae17427.

Information of the Ministry of Environment, phone 266 3660

17 May 2011


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas