Project in Brief

Goal: This project aims to ensure that CARICOM negotiators are well informed of the interests, rights and views of stakeholders throughout the region to be able to more effectively negotiate on the sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Main activities: Identify likely impacts of BBNJ on regional stakeholders | Analyse stakeholder rights interests and responsibilities and develop stakeholder Engagement Strategy | Support national stakeholder engagement and Synthesise stakeholder feedback | Communicate stakeholder views for an enhanced negotiating platform |

Duration: July 2019 – August 2020


Project Summary

The members of the United Nations are currently negotiating an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). This instrument will provide the legal framework which will guide economic activity in the world’s oceans under the blue economy agenda. Some of the key issues that the ILBI will address include:

  • marine genetic resources (MGRs), including questions on benefit- sharing;
  • environmental impact assessments (EIAs);
  • area-based management tools (ABMTs) including those for marine protected areas (MPAs) and;
  • capacity building and marine technology transfer (CB &TT).

CARICOM with its many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and ‘large ocean’ states, recognises the importance of advocating for a legal instrument that considers our unique vulnerabilities and contributes meaningfully to Caribbean sustainable development. the aim of this project is to ensure that CARICOM negotiators are well informed of the interests, rights and views of stakeholders throughout the region to better inform their ILBI negotiations. The project will also give the Caribbean stakeholders who will be most impacted by the ILBI the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of a structured, inclusive and unified position for the region at the negotiations through March 2020. (Click here to download the project summary)

Figure 1  The Project methodology to maximise the inclusion of stakeholder views in CARICOM’s negotiation position with regards to the BBNJ.


Supporting the implementation of a CARICOM BBNJ work programme: an integrated approach to stakeholder engagement is supported through funding provided by the OAK foundation. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of CANARI and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the OAK foundation or CARICOM

 For more information please contact Nicole Leotaud at [email protected] or (868)-638-6062