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 - Luzon
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Telephone No.: (+632) 926-2567
       Email Address:

DENR Representative to the Biosafety Committee (Headed by DOST)
       Undersecretary for International Affairs and Foreign Assisted Programs 
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 1186 / 929 6626 Local 2268

DENR Alternate Representative to the Biosafety Committee (Headed by DOST)
       Division Chief, Technology Transfer Committee
       Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
       Tel No. - (6349) 536 2269 local 227

Technical Expert for Biodiversity
       Division Chief, Wildlife Resources Division
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Telefax No.: (+632) 925 6031 local 222
       Email: /

Alternate Technical Expert for Biodiversity
       Chief, Wildlife Management Section, Wildlife Resources Division
       DENR - Biodiversity Management Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 924 6031 local 225 / 925 8952
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 08 March 2018 and will be updated on 09 July 2018
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