From the report of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee, 31/07/17 :
The text would set out that the process for identification of areas within which protection may be required would be based on the best available scientific information, standards and criteria, including:
special importance for life history stages of species;
importance for threatened, endangered or declining species and/or habitats;
ecological processes; and
economic and social factors.
From the President's aid to discussions, 25/06/18:
(a) Taking into account possible approaches as indicated in 4.3 above, what process for the identification of areas within which protection may be required, based on the best available scientific information, standards and criteria, would the instrument set out?
(b) Which standards and criteria, in addition to those included in section III of the report of the Preparatory Committee, would be included in the instrument? How would existing criteria that are utilized by relevant global, regional and sectoral bodies be taken into account?
(c) How much detail would the instrument include in setting out the standards and criteria?
(d) Would the instrument provide for the possibility of reviewing and/or updating the standards and criteria?
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.