Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Launch of papers in the new IUCN’s series of environmental policy and law papers online

25 April 2008 | News story

IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published the first three papers in the new IUCN series of environmental policy and law papers online. These papers present some ideas that were developed by an international team of experts with respect to range of regulatory and governance issues relating to marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The first three papers cover:
Paper 1: An Analysis of the Regulatory and Governance Gaps in the International Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction, and
Paper 2: Options for Addressing Regulatory and Governance Gaps in the International Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction, and
Paper 3: Case Study on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A further paper will be posted in the next few days that will address Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction.

The team of experts include Kristina M. Gjerde, IUCN Global Marine Program, Harm Dotinga, Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Sharelle Hart, IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Erik Jaap Molenaar Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Rosemary Rayfuse, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Robin Warner, University of Wollongong, Australia. The papers were prepared with support from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.


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