AoA APPROACH

How to go ahead with the AoA?

Based on the decisions of the Ad Hoc Steering Group of the AoA, the AoA will:

  • cover relevant existing marine and coastal environmental assessments, including their ecological, social and economic aspects, at global and regional levels, complemented by available selected national assessments with broad geographical representation.
  • be implemented through a critical analysis of the assessments in order to evaluate their scientific credibility, policy relevance, legitimacy and usefulness, in particular by identifying:

(a) Best practices and approaches.

(b) Thematic and geographic assessment gaps and needs.

(c) Uncertainties in scientific knowledge, data gaps and research needs.

(d) Networking and capacity-building needs in developing countries andcountries with economies in transition.

(e) A framework and options for the regular process, based upon current relevantassessment process and practices.

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In terms of Output, the AoA will produce a Report and a Summary for decision-makers for the consideration of the Ad-Hoc Steering Group.

In conducting the AoA, the following will be considered:

(a) The existing internationally agreed goals and targets relating to marine environmental hallenges and the indicators and data available to measure progress towards them.

(b) The extent to which the existing range of assessment mechanisms analyse the status and trends in marine environmental change and the interaction between the marine environment and society, in attempting to meet the internationally agreed goals and targets relating to marine nvironmental challenges.

(c) The extent to which the existing range of assessment mechanisms analyse the drivers of marine environmental change and alterations in environmental services, the ways that such changes affect human well-being and prosperity, and the groups and areas are most vulnerable to those changes.

(d) The implications of the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, in areas such as those aspects of human health, food security, poverty alleviation, energy and disaster-preparedness that are related to the marine environment.

(e) The extent to which the existing range of assessment mechanisms analyse the effectiveness of existing policies and the best means to make the regular process relevant to policy without prescribing policy.

As defined by the General Assembly through its resolution 60/30, the Assessment of Assessments is to be completed within two years of the formation of the group of experts and will serve as a preparatory stage in the establishment of the regular process.

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