Relationship to EIA processes under relevant instruments, frameworks, and bodies

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

The text would set out the relationship to environmental impact assessment processes under relevant legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional and sectoral bodies.

From Chair's indicative suggestions document 31/05/17: The text would set out the relationship to existing environmental impact assessment measures under relevant legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional and sectoral bodies.

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

The manner in which the instrument would set out its relationship to environmental impact assessment processes under other relevant legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional and sectoral bodies.


Suggestion 1: EIAs/SEAs should not duplicate work done by other bodies[edit | edit source]

EIA processes established under this instrument should relate to existing EIA processes without duplication or conflicting standards, including through harmonization of requirements established by other organisations. Where sectoral or regional EIA requirements already exist, they should be informed, updated and improved to be sure they are biodiversity inclusive.

EIA requirements may be duplicated at several governance levels and efforts should be undertaken to ensure that new requirements complement existing ones.

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Suggestion 2: Sectoral organisations conducting wider strategic processes[edit | edit source]

Sectoral organizations conduct a wider strategic process for incorporating biodiversity, CO2 impacts and ecosystem services into their activities, and are invited to report on their progress. Such processes could be based on the approaches used in the CBD towards the development of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, used for integrating biodiversity into considerations throughout management and decision-making processes.

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Suggestion 3: Floor, not ceiling[edit | edit source]

The instrument establishes a floor, not a ceiling, for EIA practice in ABNJ. Standards established in the instrument should be considered to be the minimum required, but more stringent or specific provisions in other legal instruments and frameworks and relevant global, regional, national and sectoral bodies are respected.

References: IGC 1 Statement by Mexico

Suggestion 4: Coordination of EIAs required by other instruments/bodies[edit | edit source]

The instrument creates a mechanism for coordinating environmental assessments required by other legal instruments and frameworks and global, regional and sectoral bodies.

A joint review process could be used to avoid redundancy, improve efficiency and cooperation, and would be easier for project proponents and stakeholders to navigate. Duplication of effort where there are parallel environmental assessment mandates might also be avoided by incorporation by reference of overlapping information.

References: EU requirements; Federal State Systems

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