The European Commission organised an international workshop on environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction in Brussels on 28 and 29 January 2020.
The event was organised in the context of ongoing negotiations on a new legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The workshop contributed to the intersessional work of the BBNJ negotiations by bringing together over 100 participants representing governments, international institutions, business, civil society and science to discuss the EIA chapter of the future Treaty. This provided a unique opportunity for more than 30 UN delegations active in the negotiations and coming from different regions of the world to discuss environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments and key outstanding issues with experts and other relevant stakeholders. The interactive panel sessions also explored potential solutions to some of these issues by analysing concrete proposals for the future Treaty. The fourth session of the BBNJ negotiations will take place at the UN from 23 March to 3 April 2020.
Source: European Commission Maritime Affairs News (http://bit.ly/3b8re1b)