On Friday, 8 April 2016, the PrepCom met in the morning to finalize discussions on principles and approaches. Chair Eden Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) verbally outlined a procedural roadmap to PrepCom 2, including that the meeting will: hold a short opening plenary, without general statements; convene five four-hour informal working groups; reconvene in plenary to further discuss and possibly agree to “park” issues that garner consensus for inclusion into the internationally legally binding instrument; and discuss the next steps for PrepCom 3. He proposed working groups on: marine genetic resources; area-based management tools; environmental impact assessments; capacity building and technology transfer; and crosscutting issues, including scope, principles and institutional mechanisms. Chair Charles also proposed, and delegates agreed, that an indicative list of substantive issues, as well as a Chair’s summary of PrepCom 1, be circulated to facilitate preparations prior to PrepCom 2.
During the closing plenary, many delegations expressed appreciation for a successful start of the PrepCom, with Chair Charles encouraging them to keep up the good spirit as discussions “get tougher.” Chair Charles gavelled the meeting to a close at 1:44pm.
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