The International Legal Regime of the High Seas, CBD Technical Series No 19

03 November 2005 | Downloads - publication

The International Legal Regime of the High Seas -CBD Technical Series No 19

As part of their commitment to the issue of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, the Parties to the CBD have agreed to address options for cooperation for the establishment of marine protected areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.

This topic was on the agenda of the first meeting of the Convention’s Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Protected Areas in July 2005, and will also be discussed at the second meeting of this Working Group. The present document, prepared by the IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and the Task Force on High Seas Marine Protected Areas of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected (WCPA), provided background material for the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group.

In particular, it presented a unique and valuable analysis of the International Legal Regime of the High Seas and the Seabed Beyond the Limits of National Jurisdiction, as well as options for cooperation for the establishment of marine protected areas in these areas.