Activity 8: Ensure sustainable use of marine and coastal biological diversity

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Component 1

Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Implement activities suggested in the Elaborated Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biological Diversity, including ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal living resources, that are consistent with national priorities: CBD Decision VII/5, 5 SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Focus, in first national reports, on the implementation of Article 6, ‘General Measures for Conservation and Sustainable Use’: CBD Decision II/17, 3
  • Use integrated marine and coastal area management to promote conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity: CBD Decision II/10, 2
  • Establish or strengthen arrangements for the development of integrated management of marine and coastal ecosystems: CBD Decision II/10, 3
  • Urgently manage practices in vulnerable deep seabed ecosystems that may have significant adverse impacts with a view to the conservation and sustainable use of resources: CBD Decision VIII/21, 3
  • Cooperate with relevant international organizations in order to promote the conservation, management and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: CBD Decision VIII/21, 6
  • Facilitate implementation of Integrated Marine and Coastal Area Management by ensuring enforcement by raising awareness among law enforcement agencies of the importance of sustainable use: CBD Decision VIII/22, 3(f)
  • Assessments to be carried out on the suitability of a location for offshore wind-farms with regard to environmental factors: OSPAR BDC Meeting Bonn Feb 05 (no.6) SEE COMMENTARY 2

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Author Commentary 1

CBD Decision VII/5, 5
CBD Decision VII/5, Annex I
The Goal of Programme element 2 is ‘To ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine and living coastal resources.’

Author Commentary 2

OSPAR BDC Meeting Bonn Feb 05 (no.6) Requires a formal environmental impact assessment for individual locations (Directive 97/11/EC amending Directive 85/337/EEC on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment).