- 1 Suggestion 1: Strong new institutional structure
- 2 Suggestion 2: Expand mandate of ISA to serve as basis of institutional structure
- 3 Suggestion 3: Develop institutional structure based on Antarctic Treaty model and DOALOS
- 4 Suggestion 4: Functions of decision-making body
- 5 Suggestion 5:
- 6 Also see
Suggestion 1: Strong new institutional structure
Establish a strong new institutional structure with substantive powers, including a decision-making body/forum
References: CBD Art 23, 24 25 (COP, Secretariat, SBSTA), CMS Art VII, VIII, IX (COP, Scientific Council, Secretariat), REGULATION (EU) No 1380/2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy art 43, 44 and 45 (Regional Advisory Councils)
Suggestion 2: Expand mandate of ISA to serve as basis of institutional structure
Expand mandate of the ISA and its constituent bodies so that:
- the Assembly of the ISA acts as decision-making body for this agreement
This would normally imply the amendment of the UNCLOS under article 312.
Suggestion 3: Develop institutional structure based on Antarctic Treaty model and DOALOS
As under the Antarctic Treaty, the Parties of the I.A. could meet in a forum to exchange information, consult on matters of common interest and formulate recommendations addressing the I.A key elements (conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ).
Suggestion 4: Functions of decision-making body
Decision-making body will have authority to:
- adopt decisions
- develop SEAs or other assessment tools
- provide a regular forum to enhance cooperation and coordination across States institutions and non-state sectors
- administer and coordinate capacity building and technology transfer activities
- coordinate between States parties and administrators of any funds
- act as a focal point for BBNJ in relation to existing institutions
- contribute to linkage between policy, scientific and commercial activities
- manage outreach to stakeholders and the general public
- undertake both long-term planning and respond to short term emergencies
- designation of a network of MPAs
- facilitae and review of EIAs and SEAs, and
- manage a efit sharing regime for marine genetic resources.
Notes: a global level mechanism is needed to decide on and coordinate global priorities and providing time bound processes for their implementation including through and in cooperation with existing institutions.