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Oceans & Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

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Please join us for thought-provoking presentations and discussions with delegates, academics and policy makers exploring key issues for the United Nations’ proposed treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Morning symposium: Exploring Key Issues for the BBNJ Treaty Negotiations

Enjoy 10-minute presentations followed by discussions with global experts on elements of the BBNJ treaty and cross cutting issues, including:

  • marine genetic resources, including the question of sharing benefits from their use;
  • environmental impact assessments;
  • area based management tools, including marine protected areas;
  • technology transfer and capacity building;
  • use of knowledge, including traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge;
  • governance models and questions of adjacency; and
  • questions of monitoring, control and surveillance.

Afternoon workshop: ‘Rights of Nature’ Beyond National Jurisdiction

From 2.30pm there will be a ground-breaking exploration of how ‘Rights of Nature’ legal concepts may apply to the context of ocean biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the key issues raised in the morning session. The Rights of Nature approach represents a paradigm shift where nature is empowered to defend and enforce its own rights and gain recognised legal standing under national laws.

The purpose of the 2.5 hour workshop is to:

1. Discuss short presentations on:

  • the Rights of Nature movement (Dr Michelle Maloney, Convenor of Australian Earth Laws Alliance);
  • the Pacific Ocean and Rights of Nature initiative (Dr Victor David, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement); and
  • the Rights of Nature Concept in the context of BBNJ (Dr Harriet Harden Davies, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security).

2. Develop a research plan for a project exploring the feasibility of applying a Rights of Nature approach to BBNJ governance.

The symposium and workshop are free, but bookings are essential.

For more information, email:

Fran Humphries - frances.humphries@griffith.edu.au

Dr Michelle Maloney – convenor@earthlaws.org.au

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