Nereus fellow Harriet Harden-Davies (Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong) will be attending the “Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Intractable Challenges & Potential Solutions” 43rd Annual Conference, Center for Oceans Law & Policy. The conference is hosted by the World Maritime University, Nippon Foundation, Center for Oceans Law and Policy University of Virginia, and will be held at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden 14-16 May 2019. She will be speaking on (Panel 5: Capacity building and transfer of marine technology). Her abstract is below:

Marine technology transfer: towards a capacity-building toolkit for BBNJ

The transfer of marine technology and capacity building are inextricably linked, in principle and in practice. The UNCLOS framework for the transfer of marine technology includes several elements related to scientific research, such as: training people; access to equipment; and sharing information, data and knowledge. These elements are important tools for capacity-building to enable a science-based approach to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). However, despite efforts to advance technology transfer, fragility and fragmentation in the international framework hinders implementation. This presentation will examine the UNCLOS framework for marine technology transfer, the challenges posed to implementation, and some potential opportunities to enhance the transfer of marine technology in order to build capacity for the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ.