The Ecosystem Approach and the BBNJ Negotiations

2 Nordic Journal of Environmental Law 2019

23 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2019 Last revised: 18 Feb 2020

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Vito De Lucia

Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT Arctic University of Norway

Date Written: July 10, 2019

Abstract

The ecosystem approach is an increasingly central concept for addressing the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Endorsed in the mid-1990s as the primary framework of action by the Convention of Biological Diversity, it has subsequently gained traction in a variety of fields and contexts, including ocean governance and fisheries management, thanks to its promise to overcome the traditionally fragmented management paradigm, and instead facilitate holistic ecosystem governance. Not surprisingly then, the ecosystem approach is one of the suggested guiding principles and/or approaches for a future international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). This article will assess the status of the debate on the ecosystem approach in the BBNJ process, to highlight and analyze risks and opportunities linked to the different modalities of its inclusion in a future ILBI.

Keywords: BBNJ, ecosystem approach, law of the sea, marine biodiversity, areas beyond national jurisdiction

Suggested Citation

De Lucia, Vito, The Ecosystem Approach and the BBNJ Negotiations (July 10, 2019). 2 Nordic Journal of Environmental Law 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3420988 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3420988

Vito De Lucia (Contact Author)

Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT Arctic University of Norway ( email )

Tromsø, 9037
Norway

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