Biodiversity Conservation
1999 Developments

12/03/99 EU trade commissioner submits controversial proposal on subjecting EU's rules on genetically modified organisms to WTO rules on barriers to trade, possibly overriding the Biosafety Protocol
11/16/99 Full text of the resolutions from the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention)
11/16/99 6th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (Bonn Convention)
11/16/99 (COP-6) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (Bonn Convention)
11/08/99 Conservation groups lobby the U.S. government to propose listing Big-leaf mahogany
11/05/99 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancels the patent for the ayahuasca vinecase brought by indigenous peoples from nine South American countries
11/02/99 China agrees to stop the use of endangered species in traditional medicines
10/28/99 Invasive grass threatens prairies and global climate
09/99 Natural repellent could save endangered tree
09/30/99 CITES members agree to strengthen international protection of tigers
09/15/99 Negotiators aim to restart biosafety talks in Vienna
06/23/99 OECD launches effort to create a Global Biodiversity Information Facility at June 1999 ministerial meeting
06/07/99 Australian medical research institution uses cloning to save the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat from extinction
05/21/99 Both sides of biotechology debate criticize Cornell study on genetically modified Bt corn and monarch butterflies
05/20/99 Research shows pollen in genetically engineered corn may threaten monarch butterflies
04/15/99 Poachers cause extinction of Arabian Onyx in the wild in Oman for second time in 30 years
04/14/99 CITES withdraws recommendation for countries to ban trade in wildlife with Greece
02/26/99 Report states negotiations on biosafety protocol suspended at CBD conference of the parties
02/11/99 CITES standing committee authorizes Namibia and Zimbabwe to sell existing stocks of African elephant ivory
01/25/99 Non-native species cost $123 billion a year in economic losses in the U.S.
01/19/99 Report that alien species cost U.S. $123 billion a year