The STRONG High Seas project has published a Glossary of Ocean Governance Terms to provide decision-makers and other stakeholders, including the private sector, scientific communities, civil society, and traditional communities, with a reference lexicon on ocean governance related terms to facilitate understanding when engaging in negotiations and implementation of international and national policies and regulations. Read more New Publication: Glossary of Ocean Governance Terms
The STRONG High Seas project has published a guidance document to support the implementation of the international legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) that is being negotiated under the United Nations. Read more New Report: Guidance to Achieve Biodiversity Conservation Measures in High Seas Fisheries
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
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’
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?”.
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.
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.
The STRONG High Seas project welcomes the new Secretary General of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS), Ambassador José Luis Néstor Pérez Sánchez-Cerro of Peru, who will be heading the CPPS Secretariat for the next four years.
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.
Read more 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 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.