The Biodiversity office in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, will engage all interested stakeholders in a review of the proposed Biosafety bill, policy and regulations drafted as part of St. Lucia’s National Biosafety Implementation Project.
The objective of the project is to establish legal and administrative systems which will control the products of modern biotechnology and ensure that they are used, handled and transported in a manner which is safe to human health and the environment.
National Biodiversity Implementation Project Officer in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy,Science and Technology Miss Jannel Gabriel says a key component for the success of the project is the enactment of Biosafety legislation which will regulate the import, use, transportation and export of living and genetically modified organisms.
“The proposed Biosafety bill, policy and regulations which was drafted as part of St. Lucia’s National Biosafety Implementation Project has important implications for St. Lucia’s biological diversity, national food security, human health, trade and sustainable economic development, thus,the planned consultation seeks to engage all stakeholders to discus the contents of the bills and to get feedback and recommendations to help shape legislation,so it is an opportunity for stakeholders to make contributions and ensure that their opinions are counted. We also want to encourage all persons to read the Biosafety bill, Biosafety policy and Biosafety regulations which are available on the Government of Saint Lucia’s website www.stlucia.gov.lc and on www.lc.biosafetyclearinghouse.net and at all public libraries around the island and give your feedback”.
The national consultation on the proposed Biosafety bill, policy and regulations is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2013 from 10 am in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, Union, Castries.