The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in collaboration with different partners has prepared a series of policy briefs on different issues of scope, parameters and feasibility of a potential international instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Through this series of papers IUCN aims to provide technical input to the ongoing ABNJ discussions, and thereby support the UN General Assembly decision-making process.

This IUCN series of papers was commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation or the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

Please address correspondence and comments to thomas.greiber@iucn.org and kgjerde@eip.com.pl .

Policy Briefs

Paper I:       Introduction on Scope Parameters and Feasibility

paper II:      Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination

Paper III:     Options and approaches for access and benefit- sharing

Paper IV:     Governance principles

Paper V:      Understanding ABMT and MPA

Paper VI:     Options and approaches for establishing and managing Marine  Protected Areas

Paper VII:    Relation between EIA SEA and marine spatial planning

Paper VIII:   Options for environmental impact assessment elements

Paper IX:     Technology transfer and capacity building

Paper X:      Existing regularory institutional and governance gaps

Paper XI:     Basic ideas for a possible institutional structure

Paper XII:    International procedures to ensure science-based decision-making

Paper XIII:   Compliance and verification mechanisms