Highlights and images for 29 March 2019


Highlights for Friday, 29 March 2019

Delegates from Bangladesh reviewing the President's aid to negotiations

Discussions at the second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) continued in an informal working group setting. Delegates finalized their consideration of area-based management tools (ABMTs), and commenced their discussions on environmental impact assessments (EIAs).Under EIAs, they considered the process for these assessments, commenting on procedures related to:

  • screening and scoping;
  • impact prediction and evaluation;
  • public notification and consultation; and
  • decision-making.
  • During the lunch break, side-events were held on: conservation, climate change, and ocean biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, presented by Papua New Guinea; and planning and enforcement of the high seas area-based management tools, presented by The Nature Conservancy and the Oxford Martin School Sustainable Oceans Programme.In the corridors, one seasoned delegate, heading out for the weekend after a dense afternoon plenary, seemed cautiously optimistic: “The level of detail in the different options can be seen as tedious, but once we ride the option-storm, we will hopefully be able to see the big picture, and start negotiating on our different positions.”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 Area-Based Management Tools
    Plenary view of the session with Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on area-based management tools, on screen
    Siai Taylor, Cook Islands
    Channelle Fitzgerald, Australia
    James Ndirangu Waweru, Kenya
    John Brincat, EU

    L-R: Alice Revell, New Zealand, Facilitator of the informal working group on area-based management tools; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Velentina Germani, UNDOALOS; and Marco Boccia, UNDOALOS

    Pablo Arrocha Olabuenaga, Mexico
    Martin Zvachula, Federated States of Micronesia
    Sylvain Kalsakau, Vanuatu
    Hwang Junshik, Republic of Korea
    Fred Sarufa, Papua New Guinea
    Florian Botto, Monaco
    Takahiro Nakamura, UN Environment Programme
    Fredrik Haag, International Maritime Organization
    Kenneth Wong, Singapore
    Fakasoa Tealie, Tuvalu
    Gou Haibo, China
    Sergey Leonidchenko, Russian Federation
    Informal Working Group on Environment Impact Assessments
    IGC President Rena Lee, Singapore, with René Lefeber, the Netherlands, Facilitator of the informal working group on environmental impact assessments
    Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS
    Alice Hicuburundi, UNDOALOS
    Kahlil Hassanali, Trinidad and Tobago, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM )
    Wini Broadbelt, EU
    Janice Mose, Solomon Islands, on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States
    Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group
    Carlos Mata, Uruguay
    Regina Paula Eugenio, the Philippines
    L-R: Roderick Harte and Paul Susman, European Commission
    L-R: Konrad Marciniak and Piotr Czepulonis, Poland
    Delegates from China