inspections shall comply with the guidelines adopted by IMO in Assembly resolution A.739(18) in 1993. Regulation 2 requires that bulk carriers and oil tankers be subjected to an enhanced programme of inspections in accordance with guidelines adopted in Assembly resolution A.744 (18) in 1993. Regulation 3 provides that all passenger ships of 100 gross tons and above and all cargo ships of 300 gross tons and above shall be provided with an identification number conforming to the IMO ship identification number scheme, as adopted by resolution A. 600 (15) in 1987. Regulation 4 provides for the checking of how ships are meeting operational requirements by port state control officers, "when there are clear grounds for believing the master or crew are not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to the safety of ships." The procedures are set out in the annex to resolution A.742(18) adopted by the IMO Assembly in 1993.
Louise de La Fayette*
In 1996, the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) moved into new areas of biodiversity conservation law with studies on biosecurity and non- indigenous species. Negotiations to increase electronic access to the Environmental Law Information System (ELIS) were initiated with several partners. Legal technical assistance with national legislation continued to be a priority as did work on international issues including the international legal regime for forests, trade and environment, and access to genetic resources.
The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) produced The "Trade & Environment" Agenda: Survey of Major Issues and Proposals--From Marrakesh to Singapore. The paper presents a snapshot of the main issues and proposals currently forming the trade and the environment agenda. Drafts of this report were distributed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Singapore in December; the report will be published in 1997.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) agreed to fund a four-year project examining the relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the____________________