Highlights for Thursday, 28 March 2019
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 in an informal working group on area-based management tools (ABMTs) throughout the day.They considered the following elements related to the process of identifying areas requiring ABMTs:
• the proposals related to the designation of marine protected areas and other tools;
• the content of ABMTs;
• decision-making; and
• the new instrument’s relationship to measures under other relevant instruments, frameworks and bodies.During the lunch break, three side-events were held on: effective institutional arrangements via the new treaty, presented by Norway; “Mare Geneticum and an Ecosystem Approach: Power, Openness and Sharing,” presented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); and developments and experiences under various processes and lessons for the new instrument, presented by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.In the corridors, some delegates felt strongly that marine protected areas had been prioritized over other area-based management measures. “As far as I can remember, in all the years of discussions that have built up to this document, we have not really considered other ABMTs in detail,” sighed one observer, noting that the NGO community had circulated suggestions in this regard in the past.For extensive details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
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Informal Working Group on Area-Based Management Tools
L-R: Velentina Germani, Stephanie Ierino, and Marco Boccia, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)