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.
Under the title ‘The Role of Regional Cooperation Efforts for the High Seas of the Southeast Pacific’, workshop participants discussed various topics relevant to marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), presented the outputs and outcomes of the STRONG High Seas project and spoke about future work. The workshop provided a setting for States and stakeholders to exchange in regard to lessons learnt and best practices as well as challenges and potential points for increased collaboration in ocean governance, particularly with regard to the conservation of marine biodiversity in ABNJ.
This Dialogue Workshop is part of a series organised under the STRONG High Seas project in the Southeast Pacific region with the aim to bring together stakeholders to discuss current challenges as well as opportunities for global and regional ocean governance, foster exchange of knowledge and information, and build new networks. The first dialogue workshop took place in Cali, Colombia, in June 2018, the second dialogue workshop took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in March 2019 and the third dialogue workshop took place Lima, Peru. The last Dialogue Workshop is scheduled to take place in late 2021 or early 2022.
About the STRONG High Seas Project
The STRONG High Seas project (‘Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas’) is a five-year project that aims to strengthen regional ocean governance for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Collaborating with the Secretariat of the Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (CPPS; Permanent Commission for the South Pacific), the project aims to develop and propose targeted measures to support the coordinated development of integrated and ecosystem-based management approaches for ocean governance in the Southeast Pacific. The project also works with the Central Africa Regional Seas Programme (Abidjan Convention).
The workshop presentations can be found here.