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Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction

13-17 February 2006
| UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights from Wednesday, 15 February 2006

On Wednesday, 15 February, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group of the General Assembly to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (the Working Group) continued discussions on the scientific, technical, economic, legal, environmental and socioeconomic aspects. In the afternoon, delegates discussed key issues and questions requiring more detailed background studies.

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13 February - 14 February
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On aspects of the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, New Zealand outlined the key emerging themes, such as the need for: integrated oceans management; establishing multi-purpose MPAs; agreeing on a regime on biological, including genetic, resources; involving developing countries; and adopting interim measures to address destructive fishing practices.


Left to right: On legal aspects, Lisa Speer, Natural Resources Defense Council, listed principles that should guide the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, including: the precautionary approach; integrated, ecosystem-based management; environmental impact assessment; prohibiting potentially damaging activities; establishing MPAs networks; and ensuring the sustainable and fair use of resources.

On scientific aspects, Margaret Hayes, US, underscored the need for additional research before taking action on area-based management, stressing that different aspects required different solutions.

On scientific aspects, Carlos Duarte, Brazil, prioritized expanding scientific studies on marine biodiversity and involving developing country scientists. Regarding legal aspects, he called for better institutional coordination on marine biodiversity.


UNDOALOS Director Vladimir Golitsyn noted that the Secretary-General's report underscored the need of practical measures to coordinate and share the costs of the technology necessary for further scientific research on marine biodiversity and to assign direct, indirect and non-use value to marine biodiversity.

On scientific aspects, Gerhard Hafner, Austria, for the EU, stressed the need to promote a holistic understanding of the oceans, and said marine scientific research (MSR) should entail capacity building and technology transfer to enable developing country participation.


Elva Escobar Briones, Mexico's National Autonomous University (left), made a presentation on international cooperation between developed and developing countries, highlighting the new discovery of asphalt volcanoes in the abyss (center).

On scientific aspects, Arlo Hemphill, Conservation International, prioritized immediate research on and conservation of seamounts, deep and remote coral reefs, continental slope, canyons and cold seeps, and marine cave habitats. He urged delegates to consider the need to invest in data infrastructure for improved support of both research and conservation.


Andrew Brooke, Australia (left) said Australia prioritized: combining fisheries, mining and other data; allowing for scientific comparison of collected data; developing frameworks for RFMOs' cooperation in harmonizing and exchanging data: and undertaking further studies on measures to address IUU fishing and other human impacts on marine biodiversity. Marjo Vierros, Convention on Biological Diversity, suggested prioritizing research on the distribution of seamounts and other ecosystem functioning in a range of different depths, and on the behavior of marine species.

Canadian Side Event: Preliminary Results from the International Expert Workshop on Criteria for Identifying Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (December 2005, Ottowa, Canada)
Jake Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

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