This paper presents proposals on the requirements and principals of creating a unified approach to developing a scientifically based Research and monitoring plan (RMP) for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by adopting procedural and implementational measures aimed at ensuring the effective operation of the RMP. These proposals reflect the Russia Federation's position regarding the establishment of MPAs put forward at CCAMLR meetings (SC-CAMLR-XXXVII/18; SC-CAMLR-XXXVII/19; WS-SM- 18/10).
It is proposed to approve a unified approach to the development and operation of RMPs which could be attached as an annex to Conservation Measure (CM) 91-04. The development and approval of a unified approach to preparing a Research and monitoring plan must precede the establishment of new MPAs and form the basis for the revision of RMPs being created. Procedures for the management and control of the operation of RMPS and the assessment of their effectiveness must be an integral part of a unified approach.