The Marine Regions Forum’s engagement with the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region took a leap forward recently, thanks to an invitation from the Nairobi Convention Secretariat to attend a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and Information Management Strategy (IMS) capacity development workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop, which took place from the 28th of November to the 1st of December, brought together over 60 participants from the coastal and island state countries of the WIO. These participants included members of MSP and IMS technical working groups, as well as some of the Nairobi Convention national focal points. Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Comoros, and Madagascar were represented at the workshop.
The Marine Regions Forum team together with partners organised two events during the 2022 UN Ocean Conference (UNOC) from 27 June – 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The UNOC, co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya, had as theme “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions” and aimed to mobilise action to implement sustainable development goal (SDG) 14.
The Marine Regions Forum launched a new Policy Brief during the United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 in Lisbon: Sustainable Blue Recovery: Fostering Resilience for Marine Regions.
The STRONG High Seas project (‘Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas’) concluded on 31 May 2022 after five successful years. Read more Five successful years – The STRONG High Seas team is completing their work
Human influence on the oceans, including areas of the high seas (or areas beyond national jurisdiction – ABNJs), continues to intensify as global shipping and new technologies increase our reach into the ocean’s last “frontiers”. This human domination implies the need to design strategies to protect and sustainably manage the marine biodiversity present both in areas under the jurisdiction of countries and in ABNJs, which are common spaces of humanity and therefore the responsibility of the international community.
The STRONG High Seas project has recently wrapped up its series of interactive virtual capacity development workshops for the Southeast Pacific region in April 2022. Read more STRONG HIGH SEAS CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR THE SOUTHEAST Pacific REGION
The STRONG High Seas Project has published a series of fact sheets that present complex issues important to understand areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in a condensed and simple form. Read more New Publications: STRONG High Seas – Fact Sheets
The STRONG High Seas project has published a new report providing initial indications on how the international community can take pragmatic steps to provide a basis for the effective use of area-based management tools (ABMTs) and marine protected areas (MPAs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Read more New report: Conserving the Global Ocean: Initial Indications for Effective Area-based Management Tools on the High Seas
The STRONG High Seas project has published a new report providing reflections from the research team on the numerous lessons learned during the project duration on participative multi-stakeholder approaches in transdisciplinary ocean governance research, such as designing and implementing effective engagement strategies, designing targeted capacity development programmes, and fostering co-creative research processes for supporting decision-making and achieving policy impact. Read more New Report: Applying a Participative Multi-Stakeholder Approach in Transdisciplinary Ocean Governance Research: Reflections from the STRONG High Seas Project
The STRONG High Seas project has published a new report providing an overview of challenges and opportunities for integrated ocean management (IOM) in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions and recommendations to enhance IOM for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in these regions. Read more New report: Integrated Ocean Management for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of ABNJ in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific