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So far, yet so close: ecological connectivity between ABNJ and territorial waters

United Nations member states are negotiating a new International Legally Binding Instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable management of marine biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). These waters do not exist in isolation: marine ecosystems are interconnected by ocean currents and the movement of migratory species. What happens in ABNJ can therefore cause impacts in territorial waters. Many Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) depend heavily on marine resources, but the benefits from conservation and management measures in ABNJ will not be evenly distributed. By highlighting which regions of ABNJ are most connected to coastal LDCs and other developing coastal states via ocean currents, this briefing aims to help the parties ensure that area-based management regimes in ABNJ protect these countries’ interests and rights.

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IIED is helping the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to participate effectively in talks about a new international treaty on the high seas.

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