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Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

August 26, 2016 - September 9, 2016

Nereus Senior Research Fellow at Duke Daniel Dunn, and Nereus Principal Investigator at Duke Patrick Halpin will attend the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee related to Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, United States, from August 26th to September 9th. The 15-day-long session will produce recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements to be included in an internationally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction.

Nereus members will also present at a series of side events:

Capacity Building and Transfer of Marine Technology – August 29th
Organized by the Mission of Belgium, the Mission of Fiji, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, this side event will focus on tools to foster international cooperation in marine science research and technology. Dunn will present on “The role of research in informing area-based management and environmental impact assessments in ABNJ, particularly through technology transfer and capacity building”.

Recent developments in ocean mapping and marine spatial planning technologies: Tools for Policy-makers – August 31st
Organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council and High Seas Alliance, Dunn and Halpin will attend as representatives from the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University and present on the current state of open-access data, new monitoring methods, and modelling approaches that will help inform management of areas beyond national jurisdiction.



August 26, 2016
September 9, 2016
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