First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol

25-27 May 2005, Montreal, Canada

 



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Highlights for Thursday, 26 May 2005

 

Delegates to the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in Plenary throughout the day. Delegates addressed the annex to the report of the meeting of the Technical Expert Group containing scenarios, options, approaches and issues for further consideration.

Above photo L-R: The afternoon dais with Cyrie Shendashonga, Xueman Wang, Co- Chair René Lefeber, Worku Damena, and CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan.

SCENARIOS, OPTIONS, APPROACHES, and ISSUES FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION
COMPONENTS FOR THE DEFINITION OF DAMAGE:



BOTSWANA supported retaining the reference to damage to the environment. Above photo: Julia Ditlhong (Botswana)


ALGERIA suggested merging the components on damage to the environment and on damage to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Kouri Fateh (Algeria)



EL SALVADOR suggested including damage to the natural productivity, structure, functioning and diversity of ecosystems, as referenced in COP Decision V/6 (Ecosystem Approach). Above photo: Jorge Ernesto Quezada Diaz (El Salvador)


MALI emphasized damage to soil and water. Above photo: Bather Kone (Mali)



GREENPEACE said damage to biodiversity under the CBD means damage to variability, whereas damage to individual species should also be included. Above photo: Duncan Currie (Greenpeace)


The INTERNATIONAL GRAIN TRADE COALITION preferred reference to damage to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 
Above photo: Thomas C. O Connor (National Grain and Feed Association)


VALUATION OF DAMAGE TO BIODIVERSITY:


NORWAY stressed the need for guidance and criteria on valuing damage when complete restoration is impossible. Above photo L-R: Bente Odlo and Birthe Ivars (Norway)


ECOROPA stressed the need  to encompass the full timeframe necessary for restoration. Above photo: Christine von Weizsacker (ECOROPA)



AUSTRALIA asked that valuation measures be practical and not impose onerous costs on States. Above photo: Thomas Roth (Australia)


The EDMONDS INSTITUTE highlighted cultural variations in valuing damage. Above photo: Beth Burrows (Edmonds Institute)


CHANNELING OF LIABILITY:


INDIA favored fault-based liability. Above photo: Suresh Chandra (India)


CUBA favored primary responsibility of the operator and residual State liability. Above photo L-R: Lenia Arce and Hector Conde (Cuba)


FINANCIAL SECURITY:


MOROCCO recalled the polluter pays principle’s role for responsible operator behavior. Above photo L-R: Ben Ahmed Chihab and Hassane Bendahmane (Morocco)


On collective financial arrangements, UGANDA stressed defining the circumstances under which a fund would take effect. Above photo: David Hafashimana (Uganda)


CHOICE OF INSTRUMENT:


BRAZIL suggested that all options be kept on the table for further consideration. Above photo: Bernardo Velloso (Brazil)


MALAYSIA opposed New Zealand's suggestion not to have an  instrument. Above photo: Gurdial Singh (Malaysia)


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