Proposal - Designation Process for ABMTs/MPAs
Suggestion 1: States, IOs, Experts, NGOs can make 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
Note: An open and consistent method for proposing MPAs under an international framework is necessary to begin the process of establishing individual MPAs and networks of MPAs. Allowing submission of proposals by States Parties (individually or collectively), a scientific or technical advisory committee under the new Agreement, a competent intergovernmental and/or sectoral organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and constituencies of indigenous peoples and local communities with relevant traditional knowledge would allow for a more comprehensive and participatory process.
References: Madrid Protocol, Annex V, Art 5 (procedure for submitting proposal by any Party, the Environment Committee, the Scientific Committee, or CCAMLR); IUCN Policy Brief VI on Options and Approaches for Establishing and Managing Marine Protected Areas in ABNJ
Suggestion 2: Only states can make proposals[edit | edit source]
States Parties may make proposals.
Proposals shall undergo an extensive and inclusive consultation period with relevant international organizations, scientific experts, civil society and traditional knowledge holders.
References: IGC 1 Statement of Korea
Suggestion 3: Global decision-making body[edit | edit source]
A global decision-making body could be empowered under the new instrument to identify, consult on and adopt protective measures for MPAs.
Suggestion 4: Decision-making body to develop specific criteria and guidelines for proposals[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.
Suggestion 5: Time limits on ABMTs[edit | edit source]
MPAs would be established without time limit and with the primary objective of long term conservation of nature.
Sectoral ABMTs may be time-limited according to their objectives.
Index[edit | edit source]
- Objectives of ABMTs, including MPAs
- Relationship to measures under relevant instruments, frameworks and bodies
- Process in relation to ABMTs, including MPAs
- Implementation of ABMTs, including MPAs
- Monitoring and review of ABMTs, including MPAs