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Seize the moment: towards fairer capacity building and marine technology transfer

Elisa Morgera, Mara Ntona

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

A new international legally binding instrument, developed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. International experience has highlighted that an integrated and well-resourced multilateral approach is needed to promote needs-based capacity building and technological support. A mutually supportive interpretation of international law instruments by UN member states can help those most dependent on technology transfer and capacity building — in particular the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) — to safeguard and fully implement present standards. This briefing illustrates how different areas of international law provide guidance on how to fulfil the duty to cooperate on marine science and technology in a way that meets LDCs’ needs and priorities.

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Marine and coastal resources support the livelihoods of millions of poor people across the world. They also provide a range of critical ecosystem services to the rest of the economy. The connection between high seas and coastal waters where small-scale fishers are active is relatively unexplored but already, the need for an ocean governance system, which will protect both areas, is evident.

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