Sri Lanka to draft Bio Safety Bill to counter gene technology

Sept 14, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will draft a Bio Safety Bill to minimize damage caused to biodiversity by the release of organisms created by gene technology, a statement on cabinet decisions said.

“Sri Lanka is a member of the Cartagena Protocol on Bio–safety, hence, legal provisions should be introduced to minimize the risk caused by use, promotion, sale, use in commercial activities, transport, import, export, re-export, transfer, disposal and release of such organism.”

The proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to draft a new act was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.