- Elisa Morgera, Daniela Diz and Mara Ntona have been awarded a consultancy by the CBD to support its work on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas and on Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Dialogues. SCELG will carry out preparatory work to facilitate a discussion on possible options for modifying the description of areas meeting the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), for describing new areas, and for strengthening the scientific credibility and transparency of the EBSA process. It will also attend various workshops and meetings in 2017 and 2018. Dr Diz had already been invited to contribute to the first SOI meeting in 2016.
- SCELG was also awarded a consultancy by the CBD to prepare a study on possible criteria to identify what constitutes a “specialized international access and benefit-sharing instrument” in the context of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing.
- We have been awarded a two-part consultancy from the CBD Secretariat to develop online capacity-building tools to support the mainstreaming of biosafety into national sectoral and cross-sectoral laws and policies. The synthesis report of national desk studies and the online e-learning module and toolkit on biosafety mainstreaming are now available, and translations into French and Spanish will be made available shortly.
- In February 2016, Professor Morgera was invited to present to the CBD Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing an analysis of experiences gained and lessons learnt in multilateral benefit-sharing mechanisms. The report was the result of a consultancy awarded by the CBD Secretariat and drew on the BeneLex project.
- Dr Daniela Diz has been repeatedly invited to contribute to CBD expert meetings in the area of marine biodiversity, notably on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, on Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 on marine protected areas and other area-based tools.
- Prof Morgera has also been invited to participate in the Expert Advisory Panel set up in 2012 to support the programme launched by the CBD Secretariat and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) on Legal Preparedness for Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and in the CBD Liaison Group on the international legal framework on geo-engineering in 2011. CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Dias, and colleagues Kathryn Garforth and Valérie Normand, have contributed to publications on international biodiversity law led by Professor Morgera, and Ms Garforth is on the advisory board of the BeneLex project.