Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)

Work is underway to prepare a Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).  The Policy Brief is intended to contribute to the discussions at the Intergovernmental Conference on development of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). 

This is a multi-author, multi-institutional effort, led by the GEF/FAO/GOF Capacity Development Project and its Communities of Practice,[1] involving a set of 38 Organizing Authors and Contributing Authors (see below).  This effort represents an iterative process and other colleagues from all regions of the world are invited to participate; please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org if you would like to contribute to the Policy Brief. 

The following draft sections of the Policy Brief may be found here

  • Overview
  • A Possible Clearing-House Mechanism for BBNJ:  Considerations and Lessons From Existing Clearing-houses
  • Financing Capacity Building for BBNJ
  • Possible Modalities and Approaches for Linking Global, Regional, and National Processes and Perspectives on BBNJ

This interim working draft is offered for review to contribute to the discussions of the April 16-18, 2018 Organizational Meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference.

Please send any comments to Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org, preferably by May 1, 2018.

Policy Brief Organizing Authors:

Biliana Cicin-Sain,[2] Marjo Vierros,[3] Miriam Balgos, Alexis Maxwell, Global Ocean Forum; Tina Farmer, FAO, Lead Technical Officer, GEF/FAO/GOF Capacity Development Project; Atsushi Sunami, Miko Maekawa, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF); Awni Benham, International Ocean Institute; Julian Barbiere, Salvatore Arico, Kirsten Isensee, Ward Appeltans and Harriet Harden-Davies, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO); Aimee Gonzales, Stephen Adrian Ross, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); Alfonso Ascencio Herrera, International Seabed Authority; Ronán Long, Larry Hildebrand, World Maritime University (WMU); Philippe Vallette, Nausicaa/World Ocean Network; Mish Hamid, Ivica Trumbic, International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN); Joseph Appiott, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

Policy Brief Contributing Authors:

Yugraj Yadava, Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation; Kouete Koffi Afachawo, Office of the Special Adviser of the President of Republic of Togo; Margaret Chizoba, Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja, Nigeria; Kanako Hasegawa, UN Environment; Fredrik Haag, International Maritime Organization; Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Wahab, International Section, Department of Fisheries, Malaysia; Andre Polejack, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication, Brazil; Lizanne Aching, Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN; Jenny Bowie-Wilches, Embassy of Colombia in The Hague, The Netherlands; Transform Aqorau, Parties to the Nauru Agreement; Rudolf Hermes, former Chief Technical Advisor, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME); Dominique Benzaken, Government of Seychelles; Laleta Davis-Mattis, University of the West Indies, Jamaica; Nguyen Chu Hoi, Vietnam National University; Abou Bamba, Abidjan Convention; Rose Lesley Kautoke, Attorney General’s Office, Government of the Kingdom of Tonga; Bojotlhe Butale, Principal State Counsel, International Law Unit of the International and Commercial Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, Botswana

[1] The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility and co-executed by the Global Ocean Forum and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

[2] Dr. Cicin-Sain is the Project Manager of the GEF/FAO/GOF Project on ABNJ Capacity Development  and Lead Organizer of the Policy Brief.

[3] Dr. Vierros is the Lead Author of the Policy Brief.

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