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26/07/2016 - Elisa Morgera, Elsa Tsioumani and Daniela Diz, BENELEX - A new treaty on marine biodiversity in the deep seas is becoming a concrete possibility: after ten years of informal, at times circular, discussions, formal negotiations started in April 2016. On that occasion, the international community showed significant commitment to develop new international rules in the framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on, among others, benefit-sharing from the use of marine genetic resources (MGRs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). This blog post discusses progress made at the first negotiating session with regard to fair and equitable benefit-sharing, with a view to identifying key questions that require further investigation.

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