05/09/18: Marine Genetic Resources in the BBNJ Process – Building Bridges : Workshop Report

An inter-disciplinary team from the University of Aberdeen hosted a two day workshop in June to help build consensus on pragmatic approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).This workshop considered marine genetic resources in the context of the progress made, and goals of, the United Nations Inter-Governmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on Conservation (UNCLOS) and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The workshop built upon the paper 'Mare Geneticum' (developed and written by some of the participants from eCOAST) which was circulated before the workshop to all participants.

 

The key topics that were debated were:

 

 

The overarching aim was to build bridges between experts, academics and country representatives to move towards a pragmatic solution.

 

The report can be dowladed here.