Reporting Requirements

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Suggestion 1: General reporting obligation, specific requirements to be elaborated[edit | edit source]

Include general provision that each Party shall report annually on the steps taken to implement this Agreement. The decision-making body will decide on specific reporting requirements for Parties such as:

  • reporting on legal, administrative or other measures taken by them for the implementation of the agreement;
  • reporting on problems encountered in the implementation of the agreement;
  • information on activities carried out in ABNJ


References: OSPAR Convention Art 23 (compliance), CBD article 26 (reports), Cartagena Protocol Art 33 (monitoring and reporting), Nagoya Protocol Art 29 (monitoring and reporting)

Suggestion 2: Specific reporting obligations[edit | edit source]

Specify reporting requirements relating to specific obligations, including:

  • Use of ABMTs
  • Activities concerning endangered Species listed under other relevant Conventions necessitating enhanced international cooperation e.g CITES and CMS
  • Activities concerning endangered Species based on exemptions to those Conventions
  • Activities concerning additional endangered Species needing to be listed for special conservation measures under UNCLOS ABNJ
  • Ongoing impacts of activities in ABNJ
  • Access and Benefit Sharing
  • Capacity building and tech transfer


References: CITES, CMS, UN BBNJ Policy Brief Adjacency

Suggestion 3: Invite regional, sub regional to consult and report[edit | edit source]

Provide that the decision making body should invite regional, sub regional to consult and report on conservation and management measures addressed through other agreements related to biodiversity in ABNJ.


References: UNCLOS Art 278 (cooperation among international organisations) UNFSA Art 9 (RFMO/As), Aarhus Convention. Art 5 (collection/dessimination of environmental information)

Suggestion 4: Setting up a regular reporting and review process[edit | edit source]

A regular reporting and review process could be set up whereby:

  • Parties and relevant regional or global bodies would report back regularly on the implementation of the instrument and conservation and management measures. These reports would be publicly available.
  • Input from the scientific committee, all relevant regional or global bodies, and stakeholders, including civil society, as well as information gathered through the global MCS system would be provided.
  • The review process would publish a progress report and identify any shortcomings by Parties, non-Parties, and regional or global bodies, affecting the effectiveness of the measures adopted by the instrument.


References: Chair's streamlined non-paper on 21 July 2017

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