Reflections from the STRONG High Seas Project: Capacity Development for Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in ABNJ

The STRONG High Seas project has published new reports providing reflections and recommendations for capacity development for the conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions. Read more Reflections from the STRONG High Seas Project: Capacity Development for Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in ABNJ

STRONG HIGH SEAS DIALOGUE WORKSHOP ‘Towards Integrated Ocean Management of the High Seas: Lessons Learnt for Regional and Global Action’

On 29-31 March 2022, the STRONG High Seas project, including the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS), organised the fifth STRONG High Seas Dialogue Workshop. This workshop brought together more than 130 participants from national governments from the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions as well as global and regional organisations, scientific institutions, academia, the private sector, and NGOs. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop was held online. Read more STRONG HIGH SEAS DIALOGUE WORKSHOP ‘Towards Integrated Ocean Management of the High Seas: Lessons Learnt for Regional and Global Action’

STRONG High Seas Online Workshop – High Seas Marine Protected Areas: Vast, Remote and Costly?

On 15 and 16 February 2022, IDDRI, in the context of the STRONG High Seas project and in cooperation with the International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (IMCS) Network and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), organised an online informal workshop under the Chatham House rule entitled “High Seas Marine Protected Areas: Vast Remote and Costly?”.

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New Research: Recommendations for the Conservation And Sustainable Use Of Marine Biodiversity Of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The STRONG High Seas project has published new findings providing recommendations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions.

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Ensuring effective implementation of a high seas biodiversity treaty: Lessons learned and options for an implementation and compliance committee

The STRONG High Seas project partner IDDRI published this new report that presents an overview of compliance mechanisms and explores good practices and lessons learned from implementation and compliance committees in several multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), based on an extensive review of the literature and existing provisions, as well as targeted interviews with experts. Finally, it provides reflections and options for the development of the BBNJ “high seas” treaty.

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STRONG High Seas Intervention on Ocean Governance and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction during the Pre-Conference Workshops of the African UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The STRONG High Seas project was invited to provide a targeted intervention on ocean governance and areas beyond national jurisdiction during the Pre-Conference Workshops of the African UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in January 2022.

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STRONG High Seas Capacity Development Series for the Southeast Atlantic Region

The STRONG High Seas project has recently wrapped up its series of interactive virtual capacity development workshops in January 2022. The series, coordinated by the International Ocean Institute – South Africa (IOI-SA), aimed to provide the participants with tools and knowledge to share across national departments to enhance ocean governance in the region and implement the upcoming global agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) in their national context.

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Abidjan Convention unanimously passes resolution on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction at COP13

Member States of the Abidjan Convention unanimously passed a resolution on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP13). The COP was themed Ocean Governance: challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of Africa and was held online between 13 and 15 December 2021.

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