Workshop Objectives


  • Cartagena Protocol now in force
  • Many countries in our region parties
  • Obligation to implement provisions of Protocol
  • Certain provisions of the Protocol require further work



The Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to this Protocol shall, at its first meeting, adopt a process with respect to the appropriate elaboration of international rules and procedures in the field of liability and redress for damage resulting from transboundary movement of living modified organisms, analyzing and taking due account of the ongoing process in international law on these matters, and shall endeavour to complete this process within four years.


  • Situate biosafety in broader biotechnology debates
  • Look at liability & redress legal regimes operative in the region
  • Identify gaps in those regimes
  • Suggest tenets of a biosafety liability & redress system
  • Identify issues for further discussion & consensus


Further understanding of biosafety among workshop participants

Workshop report

  1. Mapping liability legal regimes in region
  2. Linking these to international discussions at MOP in Kuala in Feb 2004
  3. Identifying regional issues for further discussion within MOP & region
  4. Identifying capacity needs

For MOP discussions

For national & regional implementation of CPB


  • Presentations
  • Plenary discussions
  • Group discussions
  • Interactions among participants