V. Clearing-house mechanism

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

The text would set out modalities to facilitate the exchange of information relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction for the implementation of the instrument. It would make provision for mechanisms such as data repositories or a clearing-house mechanism. Possible functions of a clearing-house mechanism could include:

  • dissemination of information, data and knowledge resulting from research relating to marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction, information on traditional knowledge associated with marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as other relevant information related to marine genetic resources;
  • dissemination of information relating to area-based management tools, including marine protected areas, such as scientific data, follow-up reports and related decisions taken by competent bodies;
  • dissemination of information on environmental impact assessments, such as by providing a central repository for reports of environmental impact assessments, traditional knowledge, best environmental management practices and cumulative impacts; and
  • dissemination of information relating to capacity-building and transfer of marine technology, including facilitation of technical and scientific cooperation; information on research programmes, projects and initiatives; information on needs related to capacity-building and transfer of marine technology and available opportunities; and information on funding opportunities.
From Chair's indicative suggestions document 31/05/17:

The text would set out the obligation to facilitate the exchange of information relevant to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

It would provide for the establishment of a clearing-house mechanism, and set out its modalities and functions, such as:

  • dissemination of information, data and knowledge resulting from research relating to marine genetic resources of areas beyond national jurisdiction;
  • dissemination of information relating to area-based management tools, including marine protected areas;
  • dissemination of information on environmental impact assessments;
  • facilitation of technical and scientific cooperation;
  • sharing of information on research programmes, projects and initiatives;
  • sharing of information on available education and training opportunities; and
  • sharing of information on funding opportunities.


Suggestion 1: New clearing house for implementing agreement, or international network of clearing houses

A Clearing-House mechanism could be established to assist Parties to implement the agreement by:

  • providing a platform for coordination
  • promoting capacity building
  • providing access to information made publicly available relevant to the implementation of the agreement


Notes:

References: Cartagena Protocol Art 20, Nagoya Protocol Art 14 (Clearing House), Aarhus Clearing House, Rotterdam Convention Art 14


Suggestion 2: Use ABS Clearing House under Nagoya Protocol

Each Contracting Party should make available to the ABS Clearing House established under the Nagoya Protocol any ABS monitoring and compliance related information required by this Agreement.


Notes:

References: Nagoya Protocol Art 14 (Clearing House), ABS Clearing House


Suggestion 3: Create a new ABS-specific clearing house and/or international network of clearing-houses

Establish a new ABS Clearing House to serve as a means for making available any ABS monitoring and compliance related information required by this agreement.

Notes:

References: Nagoya Protocol Art 14 (Clearing House), ABS Clearing House



Suggestion 4: Build on existing institutions

Expand mandate of International Seabed Authority or other existing institutions to support information sharing with respect to the agreement and opportunities for collaboration between States.

Notes:

References: UNCLOS Section 4. The Authority, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO



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