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In the context of the BBNJ Preparatory Committee Meeting III there will be a side event on the MAREANO Programme.
There are still major deficiencies in the basic knowledge of ocean biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, resilience and connectivity.
Increasing our fundamental knowledge of the ocean systems is essential to underpin all societal, environmental and economic activities in the ocean.
Watch live stream from the BBNJ Preparatory Committee Meeting III and the side event on the MARANO Programme at UN Web TV, the United Nations Live & On-demand.
The side event “The MAREANO Program – Seabed Explorer and Mapper” starts at 13:15 hours and ends at 14:30 hours, New York time.
The MAREANO Programme and the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations organize this side event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 28 March 2017.
“Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries.” Sustainable Development Goals, 14.a
The Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The Norwegian seabed-mapping program, MAREANO, provide scientific information on what the Norwegian seabed looks like, its geology, chemistry, and the biological communities that inhabit it. This information, including how anthropogenic processes affect the seabed environment, is needed for the sustainable management of Norway’s large marine territory.