Elements to be included in proposals

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From Chair's indicative suggestions document 31/05/17:

The text would set out who can make proposals for the establishment of area-based management tools, including marine protected areas. It would also set out the elements to be included in the proposals, such as:

  • geographic/spatial description;
  • threats/vulnerabilities and values;
  • objectives;
  • existing measures in the area or areas adjacent to it;
  • specific human activities to be managed; and
  • monitoring and review plans.


Suggestion 1: Decision-making body to develop specific criteria and guidelines[edit | edit source]

Provide for the decision-making body to develop specific obligations, including scientific criteria and guidelines for the selection of marine protected areas and other areas where special measures need to be taken to conserve marine biological diversity.

References: UNCLOS Art 201, scientific criteria for regulations, UNFSA Art 5 (general principles)


Suggestion 2: Refer to internationally recognized criteria[edit | edit source]

Refer to internationally recognized criteria for area-based conservation measures, such as:

  • CBD criteria for ecological or biological significant areas (EBSAs);
  • FAO criteria for vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs)
  • Criteria established by Regional Seas Conventions such as OSPAR, Barcelona Convention, CCAMLR
  • IMO Criteria for Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)
  • International lists of species in need of enhanced protection, such as those adopted by CMS, CITES and other relevant international organizations.

References: CBD COP Decision IX/20, Annex I (scientific criteria for EBSAs), CBD criteria (EBSAs), OSPAR guidance documents, FAO VME criteria, IMO Resolution A.982(24) (PSSAs)

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