BANGKOK, Thailand, November
22, 2004 (ENS): Members of the world's largest conservation
organization today called for a halt to the release of genetically
modified organisms. Meeting in Bangkok, delegates from 1,000 organizations
at the IUCN World Conservation Congress are debating 114 motions
to decide the future direction of IUCN – The World Conservation
The question with respect to genetically modified organisms boiled
down to whether the IUCN should encourage a moratorium on genetically
modified organisms, or help establish a sound body of knowledge
on their environmental risks and impacts. At the Members Business
Assembly today, delegates from both the government and the NGO sectors
approved a moratorium by a wide margin.
Other major issues before the IUCN Congress delegates this week:
International trade in wild animals and plants
The governance and conservation of the high seas
The promotion of eco-agriculture as a promising path to ensure
food security and conserve biodiversity
Actions to ensure survival of the tiger, Panthera tigris and Panthera
Conservation of boreal forests
Inscribing the Mont Blanc on the UNESCO World Heritage List
The Plenary of the Members Business Assembly will vote on these
motions before the Closing Ceremony of the Congress set for 2 pm
Bangkok time on November 25.
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