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Title Held the First Forum on Environmental Release & Safety Management of LMOs mail
Date Nov 29, 2017
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Korea Biosafety Clearing House of the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology (KRIBB, President Chang Kyu-tae) held the first Forum on Environmental Release & Safety Management of LMOs at the Suites Hotel Jeju from Nov. 22 to 23 in 2017.

16 government officials, researchers and NGO activists related to living modified organisms (LMO) from 8 Asian countries participated in the forum with support from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Participating countries made a presentation on LMO research & development state, hazard evaluation and cases of public participation and had a discussion session.

* Living modified organism: it refers to plants, animals and microorganisms that contain genetic materials which are newly combined using modern biotechnology including genetic recombination technology. It is called living modified organisms (LMO) or genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The forum was organized as the need for sharing experience of countries around the world regarding LMO research and development, hazard evaluation and public participation was raised as those subjects cause discussion and conflicts with different opinion on economic benefits and potential hazard.

At the two-day forum, many countries including Bangladesh (GM eggplant) with experience of commercialization and cultivation of GM crops, India (GM cotton), the Philippines (GM corn), Vietnam (GM corn), China (GM cotton, GM papaya), Australia (GM canola) and Malaysia, Cambodia and Korea where various discussion is underway regarding GM crops shared their experiences and ways to overcome difficulties.

Amid growing demand for strengthening labeling on LMO and restriction on R&D, the forum is expected to serve as an opportunity to consider research and development as well as safety management deeply learning lessons from cases of Asian countries.

Korea Biosafety Clearing House has run the program for BCH information sharing and LMO safety management as part of Korea Biosafety Capability Building Initiative since 2015.

* BCH (Biosafety Clearing House): Information sharing system to collect, manage and submit LMO information of each country as specified in Article 20 of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Research fellow Chang Ho-min of Korea Biosafety Clearing House said “I hope that we can help each other by sharing experience and ways to overcome difficulties of Asian countries and this can be a regional cooperative system to improve safety management level in this region.”
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