The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Announcement of the October 11 (Tuesday) publication of “How to Protect Marine Life and the Environment?

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
“How to Protect Marine Life and the Environment: Battles and Defenses at the United Nations over Marine Biodiversity” Published October 11 (Tuesday)

On October 11, 2022, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: Atsushi Sunami) announced that on October 11, 2022, “How to protect marine life and the environment? Offense and defense” was published.
At the United Nations, intergovernmental negotiations are underway to formulate international rules (New BBNJ Agreement) for the
conservation and sustainable use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) outside national jurisdiction. It is Areas outside national jurisdiction, consisting of the high seas and the deep sea floor, are important marine areas that are habitats for fisheries useful species such as tuna and salmon, as well as rare species such as sharks and sea turtles, and can bring economic benefits. It is said that there are many marine genetic resources. However, discussions on the new BBNJ agreement for comprehensive management of these are not generally recognized. With the aim of widely communicating the debate over BBNJ and the significance of the new BBNJ agreement to many people, this book provides information on trends in the international community, advances in marine science on the high seas, and recent years in intergovernmental negotiations, which are the background of intergovernmental negotiations. explains the movement of
“Please take it in your hand and read it.”
In the latter half of the 20th century, the exploitation, utilization and overexploitation of living and non-living resources in the ocean became a reality. No country has jurisdiction over the development and use of these resources in the high seas or on the deep seabed. As a result, the current United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea does not adequately regulate biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. The biggest issue internationally today is the issue of BBNJ. This book sheds light on the current situation and prospects of the United Nations and other organizations that are tackling this problem through the people involved in the field and researchers.
Publisher: West Japan Publishing Company
Body price: 2,600 yen + tax
ISBN: 978-4-908443-44-2

-table of contents-
Introduction: Shu Sakaguchi
Part 1 Development of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and BBNJ
1 Development of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and BBNJ: Shigeki Sakamoto
Part 2 Concerning marine biodiversity
1 Blessings of the shrinking sea and the international community: Tetsuji Ida 2 History of research on deep-sea biodiversity and BBNJ negotiations: Yoshihisa Shirayama
 Column ●The relationship between the BBNJ negotiations and other treaties: Yoshihisa Shirayama
3 Progress in utilization of marine genetic resources: Haruko Takeyama, Yohei Nishikawa, Kohei Maruyama
4 Management of marine resources in the high seas and marine protected areas: Joji Morishita
5 The development of mineral resources on the deep seabed and the role of the International Seabed Authority (ISA): Nobuyuki Okamoto and Mai Fujii
 Column ● The current state of the Arctic and the future of the high seas in the Central Arctic Ocean: Sakiko Hataya
Part 3 To Protect Marine Biodiversity – BBNJ Negotiations at the United Nations 1 Development of BBNJ negotiations at the United Nations: Kentaro Nishimoto 2 Points of discussion and prospects for marine genetic resources: Yusuke Honda 3 For the utilization of area-based management tools: Nobuyuki Yagi 4 Concerning Environmental Impact Assessment: Makoto Seta
5 Capacity Building and Marine Technology Transfer: Iwao Fujii, Miko Maekawa  Column ●Behind the scenes of BBNJ negotiations: Keika Higuchi Conclusion: Miko Maekawa

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