Workshop: Aspects of SIDS Capacity Development in the BBNJ Process

When :

from Tuesday 7 March, 2017
to Friday 10 March, 2017

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

Pakhuis 61, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400, Oostende, Belgium

Contact :

Ward Appeltans (

This informal workshop will take place from March 7th to 9th under the Chatham House Rule and will bring together representatives of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with a special interest and expertise in the biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) process. The workshop aims at providing a unique opportunity to substantially discuss capacity-building needs and priorities of SIDS concerning biodiversity and oceans.

Besides discussing BBNJ, experts will also be given an opportunity to exchange views on challenges SIDS are facing due to climate change.
As a contribution to a fruitful third Preparatory Committee on marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction to be held in March-April 2017, the Government of Belgium and UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) are co-organizing a workshop on the various aspects of implementing capacity-development and technology transfer, related to the following elements of a new international instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ): marine protected areas, environmental impact assessments and marine genetic resources.