Position Statements on Biotechnology
Chapter 16 - Environmentally Sound Management of Biotechnology - click here
Agenda 21 includes detailed action plans on the deployment of biotechnology, capacity building, and technology transfer for sustainable development.
Agenda 21 recognizes the importance of biotechnology in achieving development objectives. The goals expressed in Chapter 16 are to encourage international agreement on the safe and environmentally responsible management of biotechnology, to engender public trust and confidence, to promote the development of sustainable applications of biotechnology and to establish appropriate enabling mechanisms, especially within developing countries.
Biotechnology integrates new techniques emerging from modern technology with long-established traditional knowledge. Chapter 16 states that biotechnology carries significant potential for addressing many environment and development problems, including "better health care, enhanced food security, improved supplies of potable water, more efficient industrial processes, sustainable methods of afforestation and reforestation, and detoxification of hazardous wastes".
Chapter 16 goes on to say "..in addition, [biotechnology] offers much potential for cooperation and partnership between developing nations who are rich in biological diversity and the developed nations who have developed the technological expertise to transform these biological resources into products and processes which can serve the needs of sustainable development."
and Agricultural Organization
Society of African Scientists
United States of America
Biotechnology Advisory Committee
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