A Conservation Agenda for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Legal Scan

In an effort to better understand how a bespoke international legal instrument might be drafted to protect Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), this legal scan does two things: 1) it surveys the international legal framework that applies to three specific threats to BBNJ, pollution arising from seabed activities; fisheries and biomass depletion; and ocean acidification; and 2) it analyses two potential regulatory techniques and how they might address these threats: area-based management techniques (‘ABMT’) and environmental impact assessment (‘EIA’). As a conclusion to this analysis, three options, of increasing strength, are suggested for how each technique might be dealt with in the proposed treaty.

Working papers and reports
Mon, 1 May 2017