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UN DOALOS Second 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
New York | 28 April-2 May 2008
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Delegates discuss area-based management,
coordination, and impacts from human activities

The Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group of the General Assembly to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (the Working Group) convened for its second day on Tuesday, 29 April, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York.

In the morning, the Working Group addressed issues identified in General Assembly resolution 61/222. Regarding the environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine biological diversity, delegates discussed: the deleterious impacts of these activities and their contribution to climate change and pollution; the enhanced application of precautionary and ecosystem approaches and use of environmental impact assessments; and the relevance of the report of the Assessment of Assessments.

Delegates also discussed cooperation and coordination among states and organizations and highlighted the need for improved implementation of existing regulatory regimes, as well as improved contact between and among bodies, and considered the need for a new overarching body.

During the afternoon, delegates exchanged views and shared national experiences on the role and use of area-based management tools.


Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Environmental Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities

Zhou Yong (China) called for a report based on a stocktaking of existing scientific studies.

Juan Carlos González (Venezuela) called for an international legal framework on access and benefit-sharing of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Alistair Graham (WWF) described how environmental impact assessments might be undertaken.
Cooperation and Coordination

William Gibbons-Fly (United States).

Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa (Brazil).

John Hannaford (Canada).

Duncan Muhumuza Laki (Uganda).

Eden Charles (Trinidad and Tobago).

Stefan Hain (UNEP).
The Role of Area-Based Management Tools

David Johnson (OSPAR).

Tomas Heidar (Iceland).

Jihyun Lee (CBD Secretariat).
Side Events

The Permanent Mission of South Africa and the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands hosted a lunchtime side event on "Governance of Marine Ecosystems and Uses in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction in the Context of Climate Change: Prospects and Challenges."

A lunchtime side event was also held on the Global Open Oceans and Deep-Sea Habitats (GOODS) Bioregional Classification.
Around the Working Group

European Union delegates at work.




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UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
UN Ad hoc Informal Working Group on marine biological diversity beyond national jurisdiction
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