Recommendation N° 20. Marine protected zones on the high seas


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1) States should start the negotiations for an Implementation Agreement of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that would set forth a commonly agreed "package" on a global regime for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction;

2) The basic components of the future Implementation Agreement should be:

- the establishment of a network of high seas marine protected areas,

- a procedure for environmental impact assessment of hight level dont le contenu et l'effectivité garantissent un haut niveau de protection,

- a regime for marine genetic resources, including access and benefit sharing,

- provisions on capacity building and transfer of technology;

3) As regards marine protected areas, consideration should be given to a number of elements, such as, inter alia:

- the provision of a List of high seas marine protected areas of world importance;

- the definition of common criteria for the choice of high seas marine protected areas (importance for the conservation of biological diversity, ecosystems or habitats of endangered species; special interest at the scientific, aesthetic, cultural or educational level; etc.).

- a procedure for the inscription of high seas marine protected areas on the List based on a decision taken by the parties to the Implementation...

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