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Scientific/technical body

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

The text would set out an institutional framework for scientific advice/information.

It would also set out the functions that such an institutional framework would perform, such as providing advice to the decision-making body/forum specified in the instrument and such other functions as may be determined by the decision-making body/forum.

From Chair's indicative suggestions document 31/05/17:

The text would provide for the establishment of a scientific/technical body and the composition of such a body. It would also set out the functions that such a body would perform, such as providing advice to the decision-making body/forum on matters related to the implementation of the instrument.

Suggestion 1: Strong new institutional structure

Establish a strong new institutional structure with substantive powers, including a scientific committee.

Cooperate with existing Scientific Committees of relevant Conventions e.g. CITES, CMS, for the conservation and monitoring of activities concerning endangered species specifically listed under those Conventions.


References: CBD Art 23, 24 25 (COP, Secretariat, SBSTA), CMS Art VII, VIII, IX (COP, Scientific Council, Secretariat), REGULATION (EU) No 1380/2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy art 43, 44 and 45 (Regional Advisory Councils), CITES Preamble, UN BBNJ Policy Brief Adjacency

Suggestion 2: Expand mandate of ISA to serve as basis of institutional structure

Expand mandate of the ISA and its constituent bodies so that:

  • The ISA Legal and Technical Commission is expanded, or a parallel body established, to provide advisory functions to the decision-making body

This would normally imply the amendment of the UNCLOS under article 312.


References: UNCLOS Part XI. Section 4. The Authority, UNCLOS Art 312 (amendment), Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS, Annex, Section 1, 4.

Suggestion 3: Develop institutional structure based on Antarctic Treaty model and DOALOS

As under the Antarctic Treaty, the Parties of the I.A. could meet in a forum to exchange information, consult on matters of common interest and formulate recommendations addressing the I.A key elements (conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ). In this forum, as under the Madrid Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty, a Committee for Environmental Protection could be established to provide advice and formulate recommendations for the Consultative Meeting.


References: Antarctic Treaty Art IX, Madrid Protocol, Art 10, 11, 12, DOALOS, Secretary-General's Bulletin ST/SGB/2008/13

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