Japan has designated two coastal areas, Shizugawa-wan (Ramsar Site no. 2358) and Kasai Marine Park (Site no. 2357), as Wetlands of International Importance, while extending a third, Lower Maruyama River and the Surrounding Rice Paddies (Site no. 2055), in order to reinforce its conservation value. This designation took place under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat. More information is available here
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The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is hosting its 10th international People and the Sea Conference. The event will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-28, 2019. This conference, which is preceded by a policy day (June 24, 2019), is entitled “People & the Sea X: learning from the past, imagining the future”. It features six stream topics: 1) Making a living from coasts and oceans; 2) Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans; 3) Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans; 4) Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans; 5) Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans; 6) Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans. Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats is January 31, 2019. More details are available here.
Denmark and Poland have agreed on a maritime boundary that, once it enters into force, will delimit the Continental Shelfs and the Exclusive Economic Zones of the two countries in the Baltic Sea, south of Bornholm. The disputed area is approximately 3.600 km2. It is the last outstanding delimitation in the area of Bornholm. The maritime boundaries between Bornholm and Sweden were settled in 1984 and between Bornholm and Germany in 1988. The joint press statement may be found here and here.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an amendment to support consistent implementation of the forthcoming 0.50% limit on sulphur in ships fuel oil. The complementary MARPOL amendment will prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship – unless the ship has an exhaust gas cleaning system (“scrubber”) fitted. Installing a scrubber is accepted by flag States as an alternative means to meet the sulphur limit requirement. The complementary amendment is expected to enter into force on 1 March 2020. The press release of the IMO is available here.
ICJ: Judgment in the case concerning Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile) delivered
The International Court of Justice delivered its Judgment in the case concerning Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile). In its Judgment, the Court finds that Chile did not undertake a legal obligation to negotiate a sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean for Bolivia. The Court noted that “the statement by Bolivia, when signing UNCLOS, that referred to “negotiations on the restoration to Bolivia of its own sovereign outlet to the Pacific Ocean” did not imply the allegation of the existence of any obligation for Chile in that regard” and that “acquiescence cannot be considered a legal basis of an obligation to negotiate Bolivia’s sovereign access to the sea”. The full text of the Judgment is available here.
The World Ocean Council is presenting another edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit, themed “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World”. This year’s event will take place in Hong Kong, China, on November 14-16, 2018. Aside from plenary sessions, the summit will also feature workshops; one of them is entitled “UN Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries”. The program of the event is available here.