In light on the new UN ocean treaty, Nereus member Harriet Harden-Davies and other co-authors highlight the need to address questions about capacity building as a key part of the development of new legal instruments under the BBNJ Agreement (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).

Although capacity building is a central tool to move forward with the conservation and sustainable use of marine areas, there doesn’t seem to be a clear definition understood by all. As the final negotiations of the BBNJ Agreement take place in early 2022, there is an urgency for answering remaining questions about how to approach and use capacity building as a tool.

As the authors state: “the BBNJ Agreement is a critical opportunity to change the course of capacity building by strengthening the international legal framework, including funding, information-sharing, monitoring and decision-making.”

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