Terms of Reference for the Joint Noise Working Group
of CMS, ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS
Purpose and Objective
The Joint Noise Working Group (JNWG) will support the Parties, scientific and advisory bodies and Secretariats of CMS, ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS in the implementation of the mandates of relevant Resolutions of all three organizations, such as CMS Resolution 12.14 and Decisions 13.58-13.60, ACCOBAMS Res 2.16, ACCOBAMS Res.3.10, ACCOBAMS Res.5.15, ACCOBAMS Res.6.17, ACCOBAMS Res 7.13, ASCOBANS Res.6.2, ASCOBANS Res.9.1, ASCOBANS Res.8.11(Rev.MOP9), and any relevant Resolutions still to be passed.
The JNWG serves as an advisory group to the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee, ASCOBANS Advisory Committee and CMS Scientific Council. As such, its purpose is to ensure progress is being made towards mitigating the negative impact of underwater noise on cetaceans and other marine biota.
In line with CMS Resolution 12.14, the recommendations of the JNWG should always follow a precautionary approach. The advice given by the Group should be based on the best available scientific information. The absence of scientific consensus shall not be used as a reason for postponing or failing to recommend relevant measures.
It is important to note that the JNWG has an advisory role only.
Terms of Reference
The Working Group will carry out the following functions:
a) Relevant activities and developments in other international bodies (both regional and global) and under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive
b) Relevant developments and new literature especially with respect to technologies aimed at mitigating the propagation of marine noise and noise sources that may present a threat to marine life and how cetaceans are affected
c) Parties’ progress in implementation of the resolutions mentioned above.
a) Consulting stakeholders through the Industry Advisory Group for advice on operational constraints, the technical feasibility of proposed measures, as well as alternative measures or solutions to take into account
b) Recommending appropriate biological indicators and thresholds.
4. Provision of advice on:
a) Collaboration with other international bodies, such as Barcelona Convention, Black Sea Commission, OSPAR, HELCOM, CBD, IMO and IWC
b) Requirements of the relevant other bodies that countries have elected to adhere to with respect to underwater noise, such as European Directives (i.e. the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive)
c) Opportunities for influencing decisions of other relevant bodies in order to achieve more effective protection of marine life from impacts of underwater noise.