The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data
Global and National Policies and Practices of Monitoring the Oceans
An ERC Project
MARIPOLDATA is a research project funded by the European Research Council from November 2018 to October 2023. The MARIPOLDATA research team develops and applies a new interdisciplinary and multi-scale approach to study new forms of power at the intersection between science, policy and politics.
From March 25th to April 5th 2019 the second round of negotiations on an international legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is held in the UN Headquarters in New York. The new instrument -if governments agree- will be established under the United […]
From the 17th to the 29th of November 2018, governments met in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, to negotiate issues related to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in the framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). “Marine and Coastal Biodiversity” was on the agenda, which is why I participated in the […]
Measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have indefinitely postponed in-person formal international negotiations for a new legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). As a result, online initiatives have emerged to keep informal dialogue ongoing among both state and nonstate actors. To continue our research on the BBNJ process, we adapted our methodology and conducted a survey in May 2020 exploring the impact of COVID-19 on respondents’ BBNJ-related work and communication.
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Over one hundred governments are currently negotiating a new legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The new agreement is to address four broad themes: marine genetic resources (MGRs); area-based management tools (ABMTs), including marine protected areas (MPAs); environmental impact assessments (EIAs); and capacity building and the transfer of marine technology (CB&TT). This systematic review examines the main priority topics and recommendations in a sample of 140 multidisciplinary, geographically diverse publications.
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This article investigates the geographical structure of international scientific cooperation in marine biodiversity research based on the analysis of bibliometric English language data from international scientific journals from 1990 until 2018 and analyses international cooperation patterns both within and across regions.
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Power disparities and epistemic inequalities in the politics of marine biodiversity
When: April 6, 2021, 17:00-18:15 (CET)
Panel: The BBNJ Treaty – At the Finishing Line of a New Treaty
Ocean science is developing rapidly and technological innovations for monitoring marine biodiversity promise that existing knowledge and data gaps on marine could be significantly reduced in the near future. At the same time, the capacities to develop and use data infrastructures are unequally distributed among countries and global initiatives for data sharing are significantly challenged by conflicting perceptions of who benefits from marine biodiversity research.
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Institutional Arrangements for the BBNJ Agreement – where are we now?
Guest: Nichola Clark, Principal Associate; Pew Charitable Trusts
Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 (CET)
Worüber wir jetzt reden müssen
Alice Vadrot: Der Schutz mariner Biodiversität bekommt zu wenig Aufmerksamkeit
Wir haben sieben Wissenschaftler gefragt, welche Aspekte ihrer Forschung zu wenig Öffentlichkeit bekommen – und warum sich das dringend ändern sollte.
DATUM Ausgabe März 2021 here
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 804599 – MARIPOLDATA – ERC-2018-STG)