Monitoring of the utilization of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction

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From the procedural report of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee, 31/07/17 :

The text could address monitoring of the utilization of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

From President's aid to discussions 25/06/18:

Monitoring of the utilization of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction

(a) How could the instrument address the monitoring of the utilization of marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction?

(b) What practical arrangements, if any, could be developed to monitor the utilization of marine genetic resources,

Suggestion 1: General monitoring and compliance obligations[edit | edit source]

To support ABS implementation, the agreement shall include obligations for all Parties to:

  • Monitor sample and data flows throughout the whole chain of utilization (R&D)
  • Take appropriate and effective legislative measures to ensure compliance with ABS obligations under the agreement (i.e. measures to track ships, etc.)
  • Address situations of non-compliance (sanctions)
  • All to be further concretized and developed at national level

References: Nagoya Protocol Art 15 (Compliance on ABS), Nagoya Protocol Art 17 (Monitoring), Explanatory Guide to the Nagoya Protocol. IUCN EPLP Series N°85.

Suggestion 2: Detailed monitoring and compliance obligations[edit | edit source]

Specify in the agreement:

  • List of checkpoints that need to be established at national level
  • Port State measures
  • Sanctions in case of non-compliance

See Implementation and Enforcement, section 6.3.3, page 38.

References: Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol

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