SCELG at UN Negotiations on Marine Biodiversity
September 2018: Prof Elisa Morgera, Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), and Dr Daniela Diz, SCELG member, participated in the first session of UN negotiations of a new treaty on marine biodiversity at the UN Headquaters in New York.
Dr Diz was invited to contribute to two side-events during the first session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (4-17 September 2018).
Prof Morgera and Dr Diz at the UN Headquaters in New York
On 4th September, Dr Diz contributed to an event titled “Building Marine Spatial Planning frameworks to enable Blue Growth”, which was organized by the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative and other organizations. Dr Diz presented on area-based management tools, based on her open-access paper 'Mainstreaming Marine Biodiversity into the SDGs: The Role of Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (SDG 14.5)' (2018) 93 Marine Policy 251-261.
On 5th September, Dr Diz contributed to the event “Scientific and technical work of the Convention on Biological Diversity contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction”, which was organized by the UN Biodiversity Convention Secretariat. Dr Diz presented key findings from a study that SCELG prepared on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas for the CBD Secretariat, which is available here. An online report of the side-event can be found here.
Furthermore, Prof Morgera and SCELG member Mara Ntona prepared for this session of the Intergovernmental Conference two policy briefs in collaboration with the International Institute on Environment and Development, to support the delegations of Least Developed Countries. The two briefs drew from research findings of the BENELEX and MARINE BENEFITS project, and focused on:
- Fair and equitable benefit-sharing from the use of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction, available here; and
- Marine technology transfer, available here.
Finally, Prof Morgera pre-published online, on the eve of the first session of the Intergovernmental Conference, a new BENELEX Working Paper titled “Fair and Equitable Benefit-Sharing in a New Treaty on Marine Biodiversity: A Principled Approach Towards Partnership Building?”.