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Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Australia’s continuing role

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ACIUCN is pleased to present Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Australia’s Continuing Role.

This report is the output of a forum of the same name held in March 2017 in Sydney hosted by the Australian Committee for IUCN, the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, Humane Society International and the University of Queensland Global Change Institute with generous funding from The Thomas Foundation.

The forum featured presentations from expert speakers directly involved in the negotiations for a new high seas agreement from the host organisations as well as the Australian Government, IUCN, Oceans Unite, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF, and was attended by over 50 Australian stakeholders.

The report has captured the key themes from discussions at the forum and framed them in sixteen recommendations for the Australian Government. Chief among the recommendations is for Australia to continue to champion the shared global responsibility to protect biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) and to work in international collaboration with other nations to achieve and implement a legally binding ocean governance framework under UNCLOS.

The partners are particularly pleased to present these recommendations as the formal negotiations for a new legally binding instrument for BBNJ begin, with the first Intergovernmental Conference in 2018.

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