V. Clearing-house mechanism
- 1 Suggestion 1: New clearing house for implementing agreement, or international network of clearing houses
- 2 Suggestion 2: Use ABS Clearing House under Nagoya Protocol
- 3 Suggestion 3: Create a new ABS-specific clearing house and/or international network of clearing-houses
- 4 Suggestion 4: Build on existing institutions
- 5 Suggestion 5: Promoting exchange of information and data
- 6 Suggestion 6: Providing access to information in order to make it available to stakeholders
- 7 Suggestion 7: Possible functions of the clearing-house mechanism
- 8 Suggestion 8: Establishing regional clearing-house mechanisms as a part of the global clearing-house mechanism
- 9 Suggestion 9: Management of the clearing-house mechanism
- 10 Also see
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
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.
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.
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.
Suggestion 5: Promoting exchange of information and data
Exchange of information and data would be promoted between States as well as relevant regional, sectoral and global organizations (similar to article 17 of CBD).
References: CBD Art 17
Suggestion 6: Providing access to information in order to make it available to stakeholders
Suggestions for providing access to information:
- Providing clear information and establishing principles to allow meeting papers, meeting reports, decisions, annual reports and results of any performance monitoring of the organization to be made available in a timely manner to Parties, civil society and outside institution.
- Including in the instrument an article on transparency, taking a similar approach as in article 18 of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Resources of the South Pacific Ocean. Alternatively, requirements to promote/ensure transparency could be integrated throughout the instrument.
- Calling for States and subregional or regional biological diversity management organizations and arrangements to give due publicity to conservation and sustainable management measures and ensure that laws, regulations and other legal rules governing their implementation would be effectively disseminated.
Suggestion 7: Possible functions of the clearing-house mechanism
- Promoting and facilitating the sharing of information, knowledge and data.
- Promoting and facilitating technical and scientific cooperation.
- Maintaining a network of experts and practitioners among Parties and partners.
- Gathering information on: Marine genetic resources and the data deposited by entities that obtain permits to access said resources; Benefit-sharing in its monetary and non-monetary forms,possibly including payments and financial resources; Scientific data regarding Area-Based Management Tools and Environmental Impact Assessment, as well as follow-up reports and related decisions taken by competent bodies; Capacity-building and transfer of marine technology opportunities and offers.
- Linking to regional and national clearing-house mechanisms.
Suggestion 8: Establishing regional clearing-house mechanisms as a part of the global clearing-house mechanism
Suggestion 9: Management of the clearing-house mechanism
- Managing the clearing-house mechanism by the secretariat.
- Employing an evolutionary approach where the information-sharing functions would be carried out by the secretariat until such a time when the extraction of marine genetic resources becomes a reality, at which point a specific body would be established.