The Cartagena Protocol, the international treaty governing biosafety and trade in biotechnology – one of the most controversial new technologies – has far reaching implications for agriculture, human health and international trade. It was adopted in January 2000 and forms part of the Convention on Biological Diversity. With a foreword by Klaus Töpfer, this volume is a comprehensive review of the treaty and includes over 40 contributions from many of the key stakeholders, negotiators and analysts of the biosafety talks.
It presents the scientific and commercial background and analyses the interests at stake, the operations and implications of the Protocol and the prospects for the future. This book will prove essential reading for all those working on trade, biotechnology, genetic engineering and biosafety. What will be a crucial debate: about the sort of world we are leaving to future generations, and how we can best manage - for Britain.
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