Objectives of benefit sharing

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

i) Objectives

The text would set out that the objectives of benefit-sharing are:

  • contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction; and
  • building capacity of developing countries to access and use marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

It could further set out additional objectives, if agreed.

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

What objectives of the sharing of benefits, if any, in addition to those included in section III of the report of the Preparatory Committee, could be included in the instrument?

Suggestion 1: Nagoya Article 1[edit | edit source]

The objective of this section is to ensure the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding, thereby contributing to the conservation of marine biological diversity and the sustainable use of its components in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

References: Nagoya Protocol Article 1.

Suggestion 2: List of objectives[edit | edit source]

The objectives of a benefit sharing mechanism include advancing science and nature conservation through, inter alia,

  • Open access to raw data and samples;
  • Enhanced international research coordination and cooperation;
  • Targeted training and sharing of expertise, methodology, guidelines and best practices;
  • Standardized data management, taxonomy and species identification;
  • Marine spatial planning in ABNJ, including protected areas;
  • Ecosystem-based management; and
  • Development of marine conservation policies.


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