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Biodiversity meet ignored interests of farmers: expert

STAFF REPORTER, THE HINDU, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/biodiversity-meet-ignored-interests-of-farmers-expert/article4109993.ece Agriculture scientist G.V. Ramanjaneyulu has criticised that the recent international biodiversity conference in Hyderabad focussed only on how business could be done with bio-resources instead of suggesting measures to protect biodiversity. The deliberations completely ignored farmers and their interests and also their role in the protection of biodiversity. The conference deliberately sidelined the need to protect biodiversity, he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Farmer in Biodiversity’ organised by the Jampala Chandrasekhara Prasad Trust in memory of the late student leader, here on Saturday night. State role He said the government should have a major role in protecting biodiversity, environment and eco-balance […]

ప్రజలకు నిర్ణయాధికారం కావాలి: Ramanjaneyulu

 http://www.andhrajyothy.com/districtNewsShow1.asp?subCat=6&ContentId=20027&date=10/13/2012 (ఆంధ్రజ్యోతి, హైదరాబాద్ సిటీ ) ఆంధ్రజ్యోతి: అంతర్జాతీయ జీవ వైవిధ్య సదస్సు వల్ల ఏమైనా ప్రయోజనముందంటారా? జీవీ రామాంజనేయులు: అభివృద్ధి చెందిన దేశాల్లో జీవ వైవిధ్యం పెద్దగా కనిపించదు. అభివృద్ధి చెందుతున్న దేశాల్లో ఎక్కువగా కనిపిస్తుంది. దీన్ని వాణిజ్య అవసరాల కోసం వాడుకుంటుండటంతో ముప్పు వాటిల్లుతోంది. ఈ ప్రమాదం నుంచి బయటపడే ఉద్దేశ్యంతోనే దాదాపు 193 దేశాలు కలిసి జీవ వైవిధ్య సదస్సును నిర్వహిస్తున్నాయి. ప్రస్తుతం నగరంలో జరుగుతున్న సీఓపీ-11లో కార్టెజెనా బయోసేఫ్టీ ప్రొటోకాల్ గురించి చర్చ జరిగింది. జన్యు మార్పిడి పంటల వల్ల ఉత్పన్నమవుతున్న సమస్యలను గురించి చర్చించిన సదస్సు సామాజిక, ఆర్థిక విషయాలను దృష్టిలో పెట్టుకోవాలని అభిప్రాయపడింది. ఈ పంటల వల్ల జీవ భద్రతకు నష్టం వాటిల్లుతుందని ఒప్పుకుంటే దానికి ఎవరు జవాబుదారీతనం వహించాలనేది ప్రశ్న. ఒకవేళ విత్తనాలను ఎగుమతి చేస్తే అక్కడ నష్టానికి ఎవరిని బాధ్యులను చేయాలనే సమస్య. ప్రస్తుతం బయో డైవర్సిటీ ఆతిథ్య దేశమైన భారతదేశం వచ్చే రెండేళ్లు అధ్యక్ష పదవిలో ఉండనుంది. అంటే ఇక్కడ జరిగిన నిర్ణయాల […]

Beware of access sans benefit sharing, says review

http://scidevnet.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/beware-of-access-sans-benefit-sharing-says-review/ T. V. Padma South Asia regional coordinator, SciDev.Net Is India’s access and benefit sharing (ABS) more of an access regime sans the benefit sharing component?  A post-Nagoaya protocol briefing paper prepared by Kanchi Kohli and Shalini Bhutani for the NGO Alliance on CBD, India, says yes. After all these years of various Acts, committees and draft guidelines, the country does not have any benefit sharing cases to speak of. In fact, its only laudable benefit sharing agreement – between Tropical Botanical Gardens Research Institute in Kerala and the Kani tribe, on a herb that is a source of an anti-fatigue substance.  But that was much before the country had […]

Relief as Parties to the Biosafety Protocol adopt key decisions: TWN

  Hyderabad, 9 October (Lim Li Ching and Doreen Stabinsky) – There was a palpable sigh of relief as Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety closed their sixth meeting following the adoption of key decisions. After difficult negotiations, key decisions were adopted on socio-economic considerations and risk assessment. While these may have been weaker than what many Parties would have liked, they advance the work of the Protocol on these issues. The sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP6) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was held in Hyderabad, India from 1st to 5th October 2012. [The […]

Pro, anti- groups spar over safety of GM corn

HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 8: K.V. KURMANATH  http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/article3976945.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home A few tiny rats have become the centre of a hot discussion in the global scientific community about the safety of genetically modified corn. It all started when a group of French scientists published a study last month in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal that suggested that rats fed with GMOs die earlier and suffer from cancer more often than the others. This triggered vociferous protests and opposition from pro-GM groups and scientists. This row, in fact, spilled over to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) here. While the pro-GM camp is distributing a document to disprove the claims of the French study, the team […]

Biodiversity for Human Survival – Amit Sengupta

http://indiacurrentaffairs.org/biodiversity-for-human-survival-amit-sengupta/ THE divide between poor and rich countries in the world can also be roughly mapped into another kind of division – that between gene or biodiversity rich countries and patent rich countries. A major part of the earth’s biological diversity – in the form of different kinds of naturally occurring plants, animals and micro-organisms – are present in the poorer countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. On the other hand, the countries of Europe and North America, while poor in biodiversity, control the use of knowledge to utilise the planet’s biological resources. CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY This divide underpins the history of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The convention was […]

Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions

PRESS RELEASE Oct 6, 2012 Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions  MOP exposes real safety concerns of GM crops; Coalition demands that India should not allow any open-air field trials or release of GM crops.  A comprehensive Biosafety Law be enacted with strict liability and redress provisions.                 The CBD MOP6, has for once, exposed the Global Biotech industry’s  attempts to sabotage the Supplementary Protocol by attempting to discourage and dissuade parties from ratifying it  and  instead  lobbying nations to adopt the industry sponsored voluntary  compensation mechanism under the Compact.  This follows years of attempts by the Global (and Indian) industry led by Monsanto to assert the supposed safety of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Coalition […]

CBD: MOP6 Negotiations and Actions

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/cbd Indian laws adequate for ensuring biosafety, says MoEF special secretary But they do not provide for liability and redress if damage occurs due t release of GMOs by biotech giants, point out civil society groups 06 Oct 2012 | 12.30:AM Biosafety conference urges for ratification of protocol on liability and redress for damage caused by GMOs Ad hoc expert committee will look into socio-economic considerations of impacts of genetically modified organisms 06 Oct 2012 | 10.30:AM Decision on capacity building to handle GMOs tops biosafety meet agenda  Countries have reported they lack appropriate legal, institutional and technical capacity for decision making on genetically modified organisms 05 Oct 2012 | […]

Genetic wealth belongs to people

The Government of India has been vocal at the CBD fora asking for a legally binding international regime on access and benefit-sharing. The doublespeak is that in its national law – the BD Act, it merely asks for consultation with ‘benefit claimers’. The BD Act does not ask for the full prior informed consent (PIC) of India’s people. India is host to mega biological diversity. The Government of India (GoI) is to host a mega gathering of the international convention on this subject – the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Hyderabad in October this year. It is at the CBD table that the world community attempts agreements on conservation. […]

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