WCC 2012 Res 074 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Member
Period covered: 
2019
Implementation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
ActionDescriptionStatus
Policy influencing/advocacyPara 1 actions are being taken up through the Intergovernmental Conference on an international 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 (General Assembly resolution 72/249). Para 2 has yet to be implemented in full. RFMOs have been patchy and inconsistent in their approaches on protecting Vulnerable Marine Areas (VMEs). ECO has engaged with NZ and other parties on the South Pacific RFMO and CCAMLR. In 2020 there is a review by the UNGA of implementation of UNGa resolutions on protecting Vulnerable Marine Areas on the high seas. Ecosystem based management is still in it infancy in implementation by RFMOs. Transparency is also inconsistent between RFMOs, For example CCAMLR being one of the worst and SPRFMO being one of the best. EBSAs have been considered by some RFMOs but not all oceans areas have been assessed for EBSAs. The southern South Pacific and the Southern Ocean has not been assessed for EBSAs On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Agreement by the UNGA to establish and process and have three negotiating sessions of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international 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 (General Assembly resolution 72/249).
EBSAs have been used by some RFMOs in assessing VMEs and protection.
The Port Statement Measures agreement has partially implemented para 2 I i.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
The different approaches and actions taken by RFMOs, ISA and Governments in protecting biodiversity on the high seas including VMEs.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacyImplementation of Para 2 provisions by RFMOs, ISA and states.