March 30, 2017

Toward the Establishment of Technical Standards for Use in Marine Environment Impact Assessment pdf
30th March 2017
UN Conference Room 8
(Lunch will be provided in the Vienna Cafe area starting at 1:00 p.m.)
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Back Ground
In 2016, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established a working group (TC8/SC13/WG4) to make ISO standards on Marine Environment Impact Assessment (MEIA) applicable to all maritime areas. Actually, the existing international treaties on the law of the sea incorporate ISO standards and utilize them, because ISO standards are basically based on scientific evidence and technology, and therefore comparatively easy for States to accept. Meanwhile, in January 2017, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) published the Discussion Paper on the Development of “Environmental Regulations”. In this way, currently, the rules and standards on MEIA are being developed, not only in the PrepCom for new treaty of BBNJ, but also in the multiple arena,.
Against this background, ISO, ISA and Japan Agency of Marine of Marine Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)will jointly organize this side event to introduce the concept of the possible new ISO standard for MEIA, that will be compatible with future ISA regulations, showing the new technology for MEIA developed by JAMSTEC and related institutes.
Event Agenda
General Introduction:Dr. Yoshihisa Shirayama, JAMSTEC
Current Development of Technical Standards for MEIA,Dr. Makoto Seta, YNU-DEEPS
ž International Seabed Authority’s provision for EIA in the Area under approved plan of work, Dr. Sandor Mulsow, ISA,
ž Possible new ISO standards on MEIA, Prof.Koichi Yoshida, YNU-DEEPS
Open Discussion:Moderator,Prof. Koichi Yoshida
Closing remark:Prof. Yoshiyuki Nakamura, YNU


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