The STRONG High Seas project was invited to take part in the Forum IV “Harnessing the Potential of Oceans for Sustainable Development and Peace” on November 30, 2021 as part of the Biennale of Luanda 2021 – “Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace” organized in partnership between UNESCO, the Government of Angola and the African Union.
Many mysteries lie beneath the ocean waters, especially in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). These oceanic regions, which represent 50% of the Earth’s surface, have been little explored due to their vast extent and depth.
With the aim to provide a more detailed insight in biodiversity and its threats in ABNJ a Facebook Live event was held on October 6, 2021, as part of the outreach strategy of the STRONG High Seas project in the South East Pacific region.
Following the online expert workshop entitled “Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Human Activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in Western Africa” of 5 and 6 May 2021, STRONG High Seas project partner IDDRI published a new report on options to strengthen monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of human activities in the Southeast Atlantic region (between Mauritania and South Africa). Read more New report on Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in the Southeast Atlantic
On 5-6 May 2021, STRONG High Seas project partner IDDRI organised a two-day online workshop entitled “Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Human Activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in Western Africa”. Read more STRONG High Seas Expert Workshop on Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the Southeast Atlantic – May 2021
The STRONG High Seas project has published a new Policy Brief on the Role of Regional Cooperation in Strengthening High Seas Governance.
The STRONG High Seas project, together with its partners the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the Abidjan Convention Secretariat organised a series of Inter-Regional Dialogues on High Seas Governance in the South Pacific and Africa regions. A summary report is available here. Read more Series of inter-regional dialogues on high seas governance in the South Pacific and Africa regions
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.
The STRONG High Seas project has published two new complementary reports on the socio-economic importance of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific regions.
On 16-17 February 2021, the STRONG High Seas project along with its partner the Abidjan Convention Secretariat organised the third Dialogue Workshop ‘Enhancing the Knowledge Base for Cross-Sectoral Management and Ocean Governance in ABNJ of the Southeast Atlantic’. The workshop brought together online more than 40 participants from member States of the Abidjan Convention as well as global and regional organisations, scientific institutions. The stakeholders discussed various topics relevant to biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, including recent findings of the STRONG High Seas project and work of the participants as well as spoke about future work and initiatives.
The second part of the online seminar entitled ‘Sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in ABNJ in the South-East Pacific’ that took place in the framework of the joint activities of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the STRONG High Seas project, was held on 4-5 March 2021. It aimed at providing a platform for discussion among experts from the Southeast Pacific region on possible measures to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity in the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) of this region. This seminar specifically discussed: a) possible area-based management tools for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in ABNJ in the Southeast Pacific and b) challenges and opportunities for the implementation of such measures (including management, legal and policy instruments). Read more Online Seminar on Conservation Measures in the South East Pacific region – Part II