IUCN launches four online papers to inform international discussions on marine biodiversity in ABNJ

30 April 2008 | News story

After launching the new IUCN series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers online last Friday, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published Paper No. 4 of the series – “Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”.

The paper complements the first three papers of this Series developed by an international team of experts with respect to range of regulatory and governance issues relating to marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction:

  • Paper 1: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Governance Gaps in the International Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction, and
  • Paper 2: Options for Addressing Regulatory and Governance Gaps in the International Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction, and
  • Paper 3: Case Study on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Together the four papers aim to form an information input into current discussions on this issue and will be presented by IUCN at a side event on Thursday, 1 May, 2008, at the current meeting of the Ad Hoc Open Ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction in New York.

The team of experts include Kristina M. Gjerde, IUCN Global Marine Program, Harm Dotinga, Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Sharelle Hart, IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Erik Jaap Molenaar Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Rosemary Rayfuse, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Robin Warner, University of Wollongong, Australia. The papers were prepared with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.