On 26-27 May 2021, the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the STRONG High Seas project organised the fourth Dialogue Workshop in the Southeast Pacific region. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop was held online and brought together more than 100 participants from CPPS member countries as well as global and regional organisations, regional scientific institutions, academia, the private sector and NGOs.
The STRONG High Seas project has published two new complementary reports on the socio-economic importance of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions.
On 16-17 February 2021, the STRONG High Seas project along with its partner the Abidjan Convention Secretariat organised the third Dialogue Workshop ‘Enhancing the Knowledge Base for Cross-Sectoral Management and Ocean Governance in ABNJ of the Southeast Atlantic’. The workshop brought together online more than 40 participants from member States of the Abidjan Convention as well as global and regional organisations, scientific institutions. The stakeholders discussed various topics relevant to biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, including recent findings of the STRONG High Seas project and work of the participants as well as spoke about future work and initiatives.
The second part of the online seminar entitled ‘Sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in ABNJ in the South-East Pacific’ that took place in the framework of the joint activities of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the STRONG High Seas project, was held on 4-5 March 2021. It aimed at providing a platform for discussion among experts from the Southeast Pacific region on possible measures to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity in the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) of this region. This seminar specifically discussed: a) possible area-based management tools for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ in the Southeast Pacific and b) challenges and opportunities for the implementation of such measures (including management, legal and policy instruments). Read more Online Seminar on Conservation Measures in the South East Pacific region – Part II