Author Archives: N.F. Coelho

Call for papers: ESIL Conference, Agora I

The European Society of International Law (ESIL) is hosting its 15th Conference in Athens, Greece on 12-14 September 2019. The theme of the event is “Sovereignty: a concept in flux?” and Agora I, is entitled “Beyond Sovereignty: ABNJ and the LoS”. Possible topics for discussion include the discovery of commercially valuable genetic and biochemical resources, or the use of the Area Based Management Tools, including Marine Protected Areas. The call for papers may be found here. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2019. More information is available here.

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Conference: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

The OECD, in cooperation with the Portuguese Government, is organising an international conference on Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean: Observatories and Knowledge Networks. The event will take place on 14 February 2019 at the Auditorium of IPMA, Lisbon/Algés, Portugal. The Draft Agenda and Practical Information have already been made available and registration can be done here up until 10 February 2019.  More information on the Ocean Economy Group can be found here.

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Singapore: UNCLOS Article 298 Declaration submitted

The Singapore Government on 12 December 2018 filed a declaration under Article 298(1)(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This declaration means that other States Parties to UNCLOS cannot unilaterally commence third party arbitration or adjudication against Singapore in respect of maritime boundary disputes. Singapore likewise cannot unilaterally commence third party arbitration or adjudication against other States Parties for such disputes. A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore on the matter may be found here.

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CBD: new EBSAs in the Baltic agreed to

A final step for nine ecologically unique marine areas in the Baltic Sea to be included in a global registry was taken during the UN Biodiversity Conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 17 to 29 November 2018. Altogether, the nine so-called Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) cover 23 percent of the Baltic Sea waters. The new EBSAs were identified in Helsinki earlier in February 2018 during the Baltic EBSA workshop convened by the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More information is available here.

The nine new EBSAs in the Baltic Sea. Source: HELCOM

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Guinea Bissau-EU: Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement signed

The European Union and Guinea-Bissau have signed a new Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) protocol. This protocol will allow the EU fleet to fish in Guinea Bissau waters for a duration of 5 years. The protocol foresees the transition from the current system based on vessel capacity to a system based on catch limits (TAC), applicable for the last three years of the agreement. The protocol also includes improved monitoring, thanks to the introduction of an Electronic Reporting System (ERS), which will become mandatory from the third year on. More information is available here. The protocol agreed to in 2011 may be found here.

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Japan: coastal areas designated under Ramsar Convention

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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Call for papers: 10th MARE Conference

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.

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