The ocean covers more than 70 % of the planet and is a vital support system for all life – but both coastal areas and the high seas are under threat. Currently a lack of information, especially regarding the understudied Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), is hindering protection of these precious regions. Read more New Report on the Status of High Seas Biodiversity of the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific
STRONG High Seas workshop on socioeconomic analysis takes first steps to explore the value created, and potentially lost, due to changes in biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The workshop brought together twelve expert representatives from the CPPS member States Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Peru gathered from 23-25 October 2019 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
The STRONG High Seas project has just published a new report on the monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of human activities in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Read more New report on Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
The STRONG High Seas project has published a new policy brief on the possible role of an internationally legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) in developing and using regional governance frameworks for advancing the implementation of integrated ecosystem-based management (EBM).
Read more New Policy Brief on Ecosystem-based Management of the Global Ocean
On November 19th, the STRONG High Seas project held a webinar on “Marine Genetic Resources: Building Capacities for Ocean Governance”.
Participants from the western coast of Africa met at the Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, for a two-day capacity building workshop on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) on the 27th and 28th November 2019. The workshop was the first of two sessions planned for the Southeast Atlantic region, organized under the STRONG High Seas Project, by the International Ocean Institute – African Region, in collaboration with BirdLife International. Read more STRONG HIGH SEAS – Capacity Building Workshop in Africa
PROG researchers co-authored and presented a policy brief on Regional Ocean Governance in the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework at the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2020 Ocean Pathways Week on 11-15 November 2019 in Montreal, Canada. Read more PROG researchers contribute to Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2020 Ocean Pathways Week
On 14-15 November 2019, STRONG High Seas project partner IDDRI organised a regional workshop to discuss how to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Pacific. This workshop was held at CPPS Headquarters, Guayaquil, Ecuador and builds on two international expert meeting previously held in Paris on technological tools (July 2018) and policy options (April 2019). Read more STRONG High Seas Expert Workshop on Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the Southeast Pacific
The first meeting of the Marine Regions Forum is taking place from 30 September – 2 October, 2019 in Berlin under the overarching theme “Achieving a healthy ocean – Regional ocean governance beyond 2020.”
Member States representatives of the Abidjan Convention and Nairobi Convention from Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Equatorial, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sao Tomé e Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, global and regional organisations, regional scientific institutions, academia and NGOs took part in a three-day workshop from 10 – 12 June 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more SCIENCE FOR SOLUTIONS: BRINGING STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO IMPROVE OCEAN PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE IN ABNJ OF THE SOUTHEAST ATLANTIC AND WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN – STRONG HIGH SEAS DIALOGUE WORKSHOP 2