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Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Groups of CSD-8
New York, 22 February- 3 March 2000
 

Highlights from Wednesday, 1 March
Ad Hoc Working Group on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources and Agriculture

The Intersessional Ad Hoc Working Group on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources and Agriculture met in the afternoon to consider the Co-Chairs� initial draft Summary of the Discussion on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources and Possible Elements for a Draft Decision by CSD-8. On Thursday, the Summary and Elements texts for Agriculture will be distributed and discussed.

Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, with Co-Chair Modesto Francisco Fernandez Diaz-Silveira (left) discussing the Co-Chairs' draft texts

The G-77/China emphasized: the importance of culture and tradition in developing land tenure policies; and the responsibility of developed countries and international organizations for addressing land degradation. On biodiversity, the G-77/China added text on the Biosafety Protocol and the need to explore the health and environmental aspects of biotechnology before marketing products.


Yvan Jobin, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada
ENB writer Peter Doran discusses the Indonesian intervention with Ngurah Swajaya

Discussing the Co-Chairs' texts before the convening of the meeting
The US delegation meeting with NGOs

Side Event: Is Sustainable Agriculture Compatible with Freer Trade? An OECD Perspective

Wilfrid Legg, Head of Agricultural Policies and Environment, OECD, argued that sustainable agriculture and free trade are compatible

contact: wilfrid.legg@oecd.org

Karin Nansen, Red de Ecologia Social, Amigos de la Tierra, Uruguay, said sustainble agriculture is the priority and only free trade policies that promote sustainable agriculture should be implemented

contact: Redes@redes.org.uy

 

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