Cartagena Protocol

ERDB Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado welcoming participants to the Technology Forum on Environment and Biotechnology held in Cavite on Nov. 25, 2015. (Photo Source: ERDB Website)

The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international agreement which aims to ensure the safe handling, transport and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health.

The protocol establishes the rules and procedures for the safe use and transboundary movement of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) which the parties must adhere to. Parties are expected to ensure the safe handling, packaging and transportation of LMOs with proper documentation. The protocol further provides the framework for conducting a risk assessment. In the absence of insufficient scientific information, parties are encouraged to use the precautionary approach. 
Focal Office:
Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB)
Date Ratified:
Party since October 5, 2006
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for Field Operations
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. - (632) 926 2567
       Email -

DENR Representative to the Biosafety Committee (Headed by DOST)
       Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Telefax No. - (632) 928 1186
       Email -

DENR Alternate Representative to the Biosafety Committee (Headed by DOST)
       Chief, Technology Transfer Division
       DENR - Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
       Tel. No. - (6349) 536 2229 local 227
       Email -

Technical Expert for Biodiversity
       Chief, Wildlife Resources Division
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 924 6031 local 222
       Fax - (632) 925 8952
       Email - /

Alternate Technical Expert for Biodiversity
       Chief, Wildlife Regulation Section
       Wildlife Resources Division
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 924 6031 local 225
       Fax - (632) 925 8952
       Email - / /
Under the protocol, a Biosafety Clearing-House for Parties is also established to facilitate the exchange of information particularly on capacity-building, financial mechanism, compliance procedures and public awareness and participation.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau provides technical support in the preparation of the National Report and maintenance of Biosafety Clearing House Mechanism (BCH) by the Department of Science and Technology.

DENR, through the Ecosystems Research and Database Bureau, is also a member of the National Biosafety Committee, a working group created through Executive Order 514 for the review of the applications of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
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Supporting activities include:
1. DENR assistance in the preparation of the Second National Report to the Cartagena Protocol.
2. Development of a proposed DENR Administrative Order "Rules and Regulations for Environmental Risk and Biosafety Assessment of Genetically Modified Forest and Wildlife Resources"
This Page was updated on 06 June 2018 and will be updated on 06 August 2018
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