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Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ

The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Program (ABNJ) – often referred to as Common Oceans – is a broad-scale, innovative approach to achieve efficient and sustainable management of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in marine areas that do not fall under the responsibility of any one country.

Projects

  • Sustainable management of tuna fisheries & biodiversity conservation
  • Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources & ecosystems
  • Ocean Partnerships for sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation
  • Strengthening global capacity to effectively manage ABNJ

Latest Documents

Development of a Sustainable Fisheries Fund for the Western Central Atlantic - A stepwise approach prepared with support from Wilderness Markets and Conservation International
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Communication material
This brochure is intended to provide guidance and proposed next steps for the development of a Sustainable Fisheries Fund (SFF) for the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC). The WECAFC member countries and FAO are currently working on the establishment of a regional fisheries management organization (RFMO) in the Western Central Atlantic region, and this document focuses on a potential funding concept, which would act as an intermediary for deploying capital to support the transition to sustainable fisheries in the region. It provides a short overview of the SFF and the next steps in the development process of the SFF concept for consideration by relevant governments and investors.
Investing in Sustainable Fisheries in the Dominican Republic - Evaluation of a Trust Mechanism
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Reports
This report outlines the findings from efforts to develop a business case for the sportfishing and commercial fish aggregating device (FAD) fisheries in the Dominican Republic (DR) that would ultimately benefit the declining billfish stocks in the region.  It was developed as part of the GEF-funded, World Bank-implemented Ocean Partnerships for sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation (OPP), a sub-project of the Common Oceans ABNJ Program led by UN-FAO.
Investing in Grenada’s Yellowfin Tuna Exports - A buisness case to incentivize and facilitate required reductions in billfish mortality
Category: Oceans Partnership
Type of document: Reports
This business case evaluates two strategies from a financial perspective, while providing links to environmental outcomes related to reducing billfish mortality. It also summarizes the anticipated social implications of increased YFT values and reduced billfish landings based on interviews carried out in country. These changes are linked to improvements in operational efficiency and increased market value to compensate fishers and other value-chain actors for the additional costs of implementing and/or complying with the conservation measures and enforcement mechanisms. Finally, the business case includes a summary of the relevant anticipated risks associated with the proposed investments. It was developed as part of the GEF-funded, World Bank-implemented Ocean Partnerships for sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation (OPP), a sub-project of the Common Oceans ABNJ Program led by UN-FAO.

Upcoming Events

Mar 11
11 March 2019 - 13 March 2019 Victoria, Seychelles
Mar 14
14 March 2019 - 15 March 2019 Victoria, Seychelles
Mar 25
25 March 2019 - 05 April 2019 UNHQ, New York
Apr 01
01 April 2019 - 04 April 2019 Madrid, Spain

Partners

United Nations Environment Programme
The World Bank
World Wide Fund For Nature
Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Conservation International