Marine Genetic Resources, including Access and Benefit Sharing
Suggestion 1: Obligation for notification, reporting and recording
States take measures to ensure notification, reporting and recording of sampling activities in ABNJ.
Notification, reporting and recording processes could be established at the national level and international level,
through a clearing house mechanism or other mechanism established or authorized under this agreement.
See: Institutional Aspects.
Nagoya Protocol Art 14 (clearing house)
Nagoya Protocol Art 17 (monitoring)
UNCLOS Art 248 (duty to provide information)
Suggestion 2: Specify notification/reporting requirements
Requirements for reporting/notification by those intending to access MGR could be set out in the agreement or an Annex, or determined by the decision-making body.
Reporting requirements could include
Bonn Guidelines, para 36 (indicative list)
Suggestion 3: Requirements to be determined by decision-making parties
Contracting Parties develop and adopt their own notification, reporting and recording requirements based on international guidelines, codes of conduct, etc.
Nagoya Protocol Art 20 on Codes of Conduct, Guidelines and Best Practices and Standards
Suggestion 5: Guidelines for collecting samples
Best practice guidelines could be developed to support standardisation of collecting, storing and curating samples (i.e. accessing MGR in ABNJ) to facilitate access to MGR samples and international scientific cooperation (i.e. thereby supporting non-monetary benefit sharing).
InterRidge code of conduct
InterRidge statement of commitment