Highlights and images for 27 March 2019


Highlights for Wednesday, 27 March 2019

L-R: IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore, with Kristina Gjerde, International Council on Environmental Law (ICEL); and Pete Girguis, ICEL/Harvard University, US

Delegates attending the second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) met on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in an informal working group to finalize their initial consideration of marine genetic resources (MGRs) and initiate discussions on area-based management tools (ABMTs).Under ABMTs, they discussed elements related to the process of identifying areas requiring management.During the lunch break, three side-events were held on:

•    “Exploring options for fostering conservation and sustainable use of the ocean through access and benefit sharing of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction: engagement of multi-stakeholders, including the private sector, for informed decision making,” presented by France;

•    “Facilitating Capacity Development, Transfer of Marine Technology and Ocean Science in BBNJ,” presented by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and

•    “So far, yet so close: Ecological connectivity between ABNJ and territorial waters,” presented by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).In the corridors, some developing countries felt slighted by calls to ignore the intent of marine scientific research. “A small bucket of seawater can yield millions of benefits, monetary and otherwise,” claimed one, noting that technological developments need broad coverage if the ILBI is to succeed in promoting the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from MGRs in ABNJ.For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from BBNJ IGC 2. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Informal Working Group on Marine Genetic Resources
L-R: Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on marine genetic resources, and Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)
Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles
Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius
Cristóbal Hernández Castillo, Chile

L-R: IGC-2 dais on the informal working group on marine genetic resources
with Janine Coye-Felson, Belize, Facilitator of the informal working group on marine genetic resources; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS; Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; Bingzhuo Li, UNDOALOS; and Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, UNDOALOS

Saravanane Narayanan, India
Tetsuya Yoshimoto, Japan
Phi Mai Lien Vu, Viet Nam
Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb, ICEL
Duncan Currie, High Seas Alliance
Muriel Rabone, Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative
L-R: Charlotte Salpin, UNDOALOS; Bingzhuo Li, UNDOALOS; and Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, UNDOALOS
Leonito Bacalando Jr., Federated States of Micronesia
Salaseini Tagicakibau, Fiji
Lionel Yee, Singapore
Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga
Peyami Kalyoncu, Turkey
Evan Bloom, US
Tumelo Selolwane, Botswana
Giridhar Kowtal, Australia
Plenary view of the informal working group on marine genetic resources
Informal Working Group on Area-Based Management Tools
Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on area-based management tools
IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore
Jean Kenfack, Cameroon
Fuad Bateh, Palestine, on behalf of the G-77/China
Florian Botto, Monaco
Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
Sophie Mirgaux, EU
Desirée Eve Maaño, the Philippines
Martín Mainero, Argentina
Alain Tellier, Canada
Evan Bloom, US, with Gou Haibo, China

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS, in conversation with Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh
Delegates from Germany