Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene
the Convention on Biological Diversity
and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to Hong Kong
paper aims to seek Members�� views on a proposal to extend the application
of the Convention on Biological Diversity (��the Convention��) and
the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (��the Protocol��) to Hong Kong.
The Convention, that came into operation in 1993, seeks to
provide a guidance framework on the essential components of and
the key considerations involved in formulating a comprehensive conservation
strategy to achieve the following objectives �V
conservation of biological diversity;
sustainable use of the components of biological diversity;
fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the
utilization of genetic resources.
are currently 188 Parties to the Convention including China.
The Protocol was adopted under the Convention in 2000 to
protect biological diversity from potential risks posed by living
modified organisms, which include genetically modified live food
crops, seeds and fish, etc. obtained through the use of modern biotechnology,
by regulating their trans-boundary movements.
It has come into force since 11 September 2003 and there
are currently over 85 Parties to the Protocol.
China has signed the Protocol and will become a Party to
it upon completion of the ratification procedure.
To better protect biological diversity in Hong Kong, the
Government plans to extend the application of these two international
agreements to Hong Kong. A
new legislation will need to be drawn up to implement the requirements
of the Protocol. Details
of the proposal are set out in the bilingual consultation paper
We commenced a three-month public consultation exercise in
January 2004 to solicit views on the proposal. The
bilingual consultation paper has been uploaded onto the websites
of the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau and the Agriculture,
Fisheries and Conservation Department for public comments.
We have also been arranging a number of consultation sessions
with the key stakeholders including food trade associations, relevant
importers / traders, environmental groups, academics, and relevant
advisory committees. We
will take into account the views received in deciding the way forward
and drawing up the detailed implementation plan.
Members are invited to provide your views on the proposed
application of the Convention and the Protocol to Hong Kong.
Transport and Works Bureau
Fisheries and Conservation Department