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Environmental Impact Assessment in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

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AbstractEnvironmental impact assessment (EIA) has become widely accepted as an indispensable instrument to manage and control negative impacts of human activities on the environment. The present report analyzes the general legal framework for EIA in maritime areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) and also considers the regime for assessments in respect of specific activities in ABNJ. The report concludes that these existing frameworks will have to be taken into account if it were to be decided to develop a global instrument on EIA for all activities in ABNJ. The report provides a number of suggestions to move the current international debate on EIA in ABNJ forward.

Affiliations: 1: Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance Utrecht University The Netherlands, URL:


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