The greatest opportunity in a generation to conserve ocean life and diversity on a global scale and safeguard 2/3 of the world’s ocean is happening right now. World governments are in the final stages of negotiating a new treaty under the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS) – the first ever to focus on conserving and ensuring sustainable use of biodiversity of the ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), which includes the water column or “the high seas” and the seabed below. Comprising nearly half the planet, the high seas are a true global common.
Discover a few of the incredible biodiversity hotspots in the high seas that deserve priority protection and could become the first generation of high seas MPAs under a new UN High Seas Treaty.
Emperor Seamounts – English
HSA has developed concise briefings on key BBNJ Treaty issues for negotiators and decision-makers:
Area-based Management Tools and Marine Protected Areas
- ABMT/MPA Brief #1: Process for the establishment of MPAs under the BBNJ Treaty
- ABMTs/MPA Brief #2: How do MPAs and other ABMTs differ?
Environmental Impact Assessments
- EIA Briefing #1: When should an Environmental Impact Assessment be conducted?
- EIA Briefing #2: How should Environmental Impact Assessments be conducted?
- EIA Briefing #3: Who should review EIAs and decide whether a proposed activity may proceed?
- Cross-cutting Briefing #1: Entry into Force Provisions in the BBNJ Agreement
- Cross-cutting Briefing #2: Effective Implementation and Compliance under the BBNJ Agreement through an Implementation and Compliance Committee