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South Atlantic Perspectives on the Future International Legally Binding Instrument under the LOSC on Conservation and Sustainable Use of BBNJ

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The article focuses on the ocean governance systems of the South Atlantic Ocean aiming to contribute to the on-going debate concerning the development of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). For this purpose, a broad definition of South Atlantic Ocean has been adopted. The regional treaties and global initiatives relevant for the area are analysed in the context of discussions addressing BBNJ. It also evaluated the importance of submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf concerning the region. The main conclusion is that an ILBI is needed to supplement non-existent or insufficient ocean governance systems in the region and to strengthen and foster the progress of the regional ocean’s governance framework, provided that crucial factors such as transfer of technology and capacity-building are adequately addressed.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, University of Porto; Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research PortoPortugal

All websites mentioned in the article were accessed on 26 June 2017. The author thanks Rodrigo More for sharing his knowledge and exchanging important ideas on the ocean governance in the South Atlantic Ocean, and Robin Warner for her valuable input on an earlier version of the manuscript. A word of appreciation is also due to Dire Tladi for his comments and to the anonymous Reviewer for the recommendations, which improved the quality of the article. The author is exclusively responsible for the views expressed in the article. This article is a result of the project CORAL—Sustainable Ocean Exploitation: Tools and Sensors, within the R&D Institution CIIMAR, supported by the Northern Regional Operational Programme—Portugal (NORTE2020), through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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