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Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction

7-11 May 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
Highlights for Tuesday, 8 May 2012
DOALOS Director and Secretary with Co-Chairs
Serguei Tarassenko, DOALOS Director, Alice Hicuburundi, DOALOS Secretary, and Working Group Co-Chairs Liesbeth Lijnzaad, the Netherlands, and Amb. Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka, talked before the day's meeting.
On Tuesday morning, the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) heard expert presentations on the conservation of BBNJ and on the use and development of marine genetic resources, in an informal information session.

Delegates then resumed consideration of conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ and in the afternoon started discussions on gaps and ways forward, and on intersessional workshops. In the evening, an Open-Ended Friends of the Co-Chairs group convened to discuss the format of the Working Group’s recommendations.

NLCB CR2 Room Shot

Conference Room 2 before the day's meeting.

NGO and fisheries delegates

Delegates from NGOs and fisheries organizations before the day's meeting.

Side Event
GEF/FAO Programme Side Event

At lunchtime, the Global Ocean Forum, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Global Environment Facility held a side event, "Briefing on the GEF/FAO Programme on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction."

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