Suggestion 1

Suggestion 2

Suggestion 3

Suggestion 4

Suggestion 5

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)

UNCLOS Art 242; Art 143.3(a) (international cooperation)

UNCLOS Art 244.1; Art 143.3(c) (publish information)

UNCLOS Art 244.2; Art 144.2 (knowledge transfer)



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

  • Information about collector
  • Type and quantity of genetic resource sought
  • Geographical prospecting area
  • Starting date and duration of activity
  • Evaluation of potential impacts on conservation/sustainable use of biodiversity
  • Information on intended research/use
  • Indication of benefit-sharing arrangements




Nagoya Protocol MOP 1 Decision NP-1/2

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 4: Requirements for EIAs



Require Environmental Impact Assessments in accordance with the relevant provisions of this agreement. (See EIAs and SEAs)




UNCLOS Art 240(d); Art 206 (protection of environment)


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