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CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY





There have been reports about the upcoming conference(s) to be held in
Colombia this month. Reports suggest that this is the place/time where the
"biosafety"of genetically-manipulated plants will be declared/agreed-to as
a matter of international law.  This, of course needs watching and
reporting, so there's a need for lots of observation and assistance.  The
basic web page is at http://www.biodiv. 

There you'll find the below info and an alphabetic list of reports (on
biosafety) coming from individual nations.

Cheers
MichaelP

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 Workshop on Agrobiodiversity Assessment
Rome
12-13 February 1999

Regional and Inter-Regional Consultations on the Biosafety Protocol
Cartagena, Colombia
14-19 February 1999

Sixth Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group on Biosafety
Cartagena, Colombia
22-23 February 1999

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BIOSEEK

National Reports 

Article 26 of the Convention on Biological Diversity states that each
Party shall present to the Conference of the Parties reports on measures
it has taken for the implementation of the provisions of the Convention
and their effectiveness in meeting the objectives of the Convention'. At
its second meeting, the Conference of the Parties decided that the first
national reports should `focus in so far as possible on the measures taken
for the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention, as well as the
information available in national country studies on biological diversity'
(decision II/17). The annex to decision II/17 contains suggested
guidelines for the first national report.

At its third meeting, the Conference of the Parties decided that the first
national reports should be submitted no later than 1 January 1998
(decision III/9). By 31 December 1997, 93 developing-country Parties had
had `enabling activity' projects approved under the financial mechanism of
the Convention for the preparation of national biodiversity strategies and
action plans (NBSAPs) and the preparation of first national reports (see
the Report of the GEF to the fourth meeting of the Conference of the
Parties).

Decision II/17 also requested the Executive Secretary to `prepare a report
based on the synthesis of information contained in national reports and
other relevant information and containing also suggested next steps, for
consideration by the Conference of the Parties'. The 86 national reports
received by March 1998 were used as the basis for this report
 (document UNEP/CBD/COP/4/11/Rev. 1) which was considered by the fourth
meeting of the Conference of the Parties. By the end of the fourth
meeting, a total of 107 reports had been received. Many of these were
interim reports.

In decision IV/14, the Conference of the Parties encouraged Parties that
had submitted an interim report to submit full reports by 31 December
1998. It also urged Parties that had not submitted a report to do so by
the same date. In accordance with the decision, the Executive Secretary
will prepare a revised report on the information contained in these
reports for the fifth meeting of the SBSTTA (31 January to 4 February
2000). This meeting of the SBSTTA will provide advice to the fifth meeting
of the Conference of the Parties (15 to 26 May 2000) on the intervals and
form of future national reports.

National Reports submitted by Parties to the Convention on Biological
Diversity

All National Reports submitted by Parties to date are found here in
electronic format; the majority of the files are in PDF while the
remainder are in HTML or accessible through a Party's national website.
National Reports recently posted are highlighted by this blinking feature.
National Reports submitted as hard copy or by fax have been scanned and
converted into
PDF format.

[Snipped alphabetical list of national reports]