Practice Relating to Rule 76. Herbicides
Following the adoption of the Final Declaration of the Second ENMOD Review Conference by consensus, Canada stated: “The work of the Conference demonstrated that all was not well with the Convention owing, in large measure, to significant problems with regard to the interpretation of its scope.”
While some parties maintained that the ENMOD was a futuristic document covering exotic technologies that had yet to be invented, they contended at the same time that it covered the use of herbicides, which was a low-technology environmental modification technique.
Accordingly, Canada believed that “all environmental modification techniques were covered by the Convention, regardless of the level of technology applied.”