Agriculture and GMO...
STOP OGM Pacifique participated to Oceania 21 meetings, regional summit on sustainable development, and warned Pacific Island delegations about GMO issues and the urgent need of GMO regulations to avoid traditional agriculture contamination.
Here is an extract of the final declaration :
In relation to agriculture, water management and terrestrial biodiversity in a background of global change in the Pacific:
44. Considering land ownership issues – government vs land owners’ rights to water and the need for mutual agreements.
45. Considering the vulnerability of freshwater, agricultural and biodiversity systems (linked to demographic and economic pressures, climate variability and climate change).
46. Considering that 12 PICTs have now signed up to PoetCom and the program has strong political support from most countries.
47. Institutional strengthening of POETCom, including resources to implement its Strategic Plan.
48. Considering the need for robust promotion of traditional farming techniques (permaculture, agroforestry, agriculture diversification, including crops and livestock) and subsistence farming systems or family agriculture.
49. Considering the need to develop education for young people, farmers and women on sustainable agricultural systems and solidarity of communities across the Pacific.
50. Considering the need to transpose international environmental law into domestic law.
We recommend that PICTs (Pacific Island Countries and territories):
51. Develop and maintain participatory and inclusive water governance processes (develop negotiations with all stakeholders). Within this process governments should work with local authorities/land owners and also to engage communities in these water management efforts.
52. Promote the development and financing of Pacific-wide water, agricultural and biodiversity data observatories accessible to all.
53. Develop, promote and protect traditional sustainable farming practices. This includes the development of local seed production capability and adoption of regulations to manage risks to these vital food security systems (e.g. GMO contamination, biosecurity).
54. Establish a monitoring mechanism for GMOs in the Pacific region.
55. Promote the principles of participation, and the right to environmental information in PICTs on legal biodiversity protection systems.
56. Promote the principle of non-regression in the legal protection of biodiversity.