Marine Spatial Planning: Implementation of ABMTs

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Suggestion 1: Proposal for establishment of a new MPA for review[edit | edit source]

Provide for proposal of new MPAs for review by decision-making body, which may decide to adopt, modify or reject proposals or request further information.


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References: IUCN Policy Brief VI: Options and Approaches for Establishing and Managing Marine Protected Areas in ABNJ


Suggestion 2: Entities entitled to submit proposals[edit | edit source]

Entities entitled to submit an MPA proposal may include:

  • States Parties to the agreement
  • Relevant competent international organizations
  • A subsidiary body (e.g. scientific committee) established pursuant to the instrument
  • An accredited group of scientific experts
  • Accredited NGOs


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References: Madrid Protocol, Annex V, Art 5 (procedure for submitting proposal by any Party, the Environment Committee, the Scientific Committee, or CCAMLR)


Suggestion 3: Review by decision-making body[edit | edit source]

Proposals would be reviewed by the decision-making body, possibly in conjunction with a subsidiary body. The decision-making body may decide to adopt, modify or reject proposals, or request further information. Decisions may be made by a specified majority or consensus. Special weight may be given to the voice of Parties in the region or particularly affected.


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References: SPA/BD Protocol to the Barcelona Convention, Madrid Protocol Annex V, Art 6 on Designation Procedures, CCAMLR Conservation Measure 91-04, para 3 (establishment of CCAMLR MPAs)


Suggestion 4: Selection criteria and objectives[edit | edit source]

The selection of MPA sites should be based on specified or referenced criteria and should fulfil specified objectives.


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Suggestion 5: Inscription on list of MPAs[edit | edit source]

MPAs adopted or endorsed pursuant to this agreement would be added to a list of internationally recognized MPAs.


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Suggestion 6: Interim measures[edit | edit source]

Provide that in any area under review, States Parties shall refrain from authorizing or permitting activities with the potential to impact marine biodiversity and its components, and in doing so, shall take into account the precautionary approach.


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References: SPRFMO, Art 22 (new or exploratory fisheries).


Suggestion 7: Industrial activities[edit | edit source]

Strengthen transparent, sustainable, landscape-scale planning for potentially harmful industrial activities, including recognition that key areas such as World Heritage Sites and other protected areas should be off-limits to such activities entirely.


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References: Resolutions of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, September 2016, Resolution 96.


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