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
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
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