We attended the final session of BBNJ IGC-5 to share important ocean science. Our policy brief on connections between the deep ocean and BBNJ is here. You can read a report of DOSI’s actions at the event here.
BBNJ Working Group experts were in attendance to share important science at the first part of IGC5 in August of 2022. You can read an update on how the Conference went here. You can also read our updated policy brief on The Deep Ocean and BBNJ here.
The last in the series of four intergovernmental conferences (IGC) to craft the new legal instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was due to take place in March 2020. While our DOSI stakeholder commentary was submitted in advance of this date, the event was unfortunately cancelled due to travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Negotiations restarted in March of 2022, and DOSI is supporting those efforts. In addition to having scientists in attendance, we have created a policy brief for negotiators titled The Deep Ocean and BBNJ: Important Points for IGC-4.
IGC3 – August 2019
DOSI attended with a full delegation, disseminating a new policy brief, taking part in discussions, and delivering a DOSI side-event.
Relevant policy briefs:
DOSI side-event: Updates from the field: Connecting Ecosystems and Cultures through Deep-Sea Exploration
Blog: Marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdiction
IGC2 – March-April 2019
Side Events: In support of the second two-week conference, DOSI collaborated in five side events: (https://www.un.org/bbnj/content/side-events)
- 27/03; “Facilitating Capacity Development, Transfer of Marine Technology and Ocean Science in BBNJ” IOC & DOSI. DOSI speaker: Muriel Rabone
- 28/03: “Mare Geneticum and an Ecosystem Approach: Power, Openness and Sharing” IUCN, DOSI, University of Aberdeen. DOSI speaker: Muriel Rabone
- 29/03: “Conservation, Climate Change and Ocean Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction” Papua New Guinea; Belize, Federated States of Micronesia, DOSI. DOSI speaker: Diva Amon
- 30/03: “PSIDS Regional workshop”: IUCN, Norway, DOSI. DOSI speaker: Harriet Harden-Davies
- 01/04: “The Role of Science and a Scientific Body Under the New Instrument” Canada, High Seas Alliance, DOSI. DOSI speakers: Paul Snelgrove, Harriet Harden-Davies
Interventions: In total, three DOSI interventions were made: intervention 1; intervention 2, intervention 3
Policy Briefs: Two new policy briefs were published by DOSI in advance of the meeting and have been widely distributed:
“Access and sharing benefits from marine genetic resources from ABNJ: building on best practices in the scientific community” http://dosi-project.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/027-DOSI-MGR-2-print-2.pdf
“The Full Value of Marine Genetic Resources”http://dosi-project.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Full-value-mgr-March2019.pdf
A summary of the conference was published on DSM Observer, co-authored by Aria Ritz Finkelstein and Jeffrey Marlow.
IGC1 – September 2018
DOSI facilitated scientific and technical input to the development of the BBNJ instrument. As BBNJ issues cut across a number of working group areas, this working group facilitates coordination and engagement across all DOSI-relevant areas. The DOSI delegation to the negotiations was: Harriet Harden-Davies (University of Wollongong), Jeff Marlow (Harvard University), Paul Snelgrove (Memorial University) and Porter Hoagland (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).
Policy Briefs: DOSI compiled and distributed four policy briefs:
Side Events: Four officially sanctioned side-events were organized and co-organized through DOSI members:
Conference Report: DOSI’s report on the first intergovernmental conference can be found here.
A summary of the conference was published on DSM observer, authored by Harriet Harden-Davies http://dsmobserver.com/2018/11/all-in-the-same-boat-negotiations-for-biodiversity-beyond-national-jurisdiction-begin/