1 August, 2016

As the best practical way to give effect to the commitment in UNGA Resolution 69/292 to include ‘environmental impact assessments’ as one of the issues to be included in an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Download paper prepared for the second BBNJ Prep Com by WWF, August 2016 

1 March, 2016

During the PrepCom meeting taking place at UN Headquarters from March 28-April 8, the High Seas Alliance held a side event for government representatives entitled ‘Governance Principles, EIAs, and Operationalization in the New Instrument‘.

The lunch-time event drew over 70 government representatives who gathered to hear an expert panel address key topics being addressed at the PrepCom negotiations. Moderated by Lisa Speer, Director of  International Oceans Program at NRDC, panelists included David Freestone, Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission, Duncan Currie, International Legal Advisor, and Kristina Gjerde, IUCN Global and Marine Polar Programme.

Download Presentations:

Environmental Impact Assessments – Kristina M. Gjerde

Governance Principles In Practice – Duncan Currie

Governance of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Towards a Principled Approach – Dr. David Freestone

1 March, 2016

On June 19 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 69/292 in which it decided to develop an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The resolution provides for a preparatory committee “to make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text” of the instrument. The High Seas Alliance submits the following suggestions for consideration by the Preparatory Committee.

Download Submission for PrepCom1, here.

High Seas Environmental Impact Assessments – Pew Briefing

Marine Protected Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction – Pew Briefing

Interventions delivered:

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April 6th: