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 […]
The governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) lacks a legal framework that would ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans. In order to fill this gap, governments have been negotiating a new treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Negotiations have been afflicted by polarisation between two principles: The ‘Freedom of the High Seas’ (FOS) and the ‘Common Heritage of Humankind’ (CHP). Instead of discussing the CHP from a purely legal perspective, we examined, through an ethnographic lens, how it has become a practice of contestation: it is used as a tool and negotiation technique to challenge deeply rooted inequalities in the current world order. The CHP could make a difference if it was integrated into the text as a general principle committing all states to protect and preserve BBNJ for future generations – regardless of their imminent economic value as commercial assets.
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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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Developing countries in the BBNJ – CARICOM interests from a blue economy perspective and a proposed approach to EIAs
Guest: Kahlil Hassanali, World Maritime University – Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 17:00-18:30 (CEST)
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)