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BioFAD Project in Ghana - Activity Report
Category: Tuna & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This study is part of a pilot project coordinated by the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), with support provided by the Common Oceans ABNJ Tuna Project, to test the use of biodegradable and non-entangling Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in collaboration with Ghanaian fleets. The initiative addresses some of the challenges facing the fishing sector by implementing best practice solutions to reduce both ghost-fishing due to entanglement in FAD structure, and the amount of plastic used to construct FAD´s structures, with the aim to contribute to achieving responsible, efficient and sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation.
Governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
The study describes the governance landscape in ABNJ within the Western Indian Ocean and the South East Pacific with a view to understanding what progress has been made towards a collaborative and integrated cross-sectoral approach to area-based planning in ABNJ, and what potential challenges and opportunities exist when considering such an objective within these regions. The results of this study are designed to contribute to the UN Environment component of the GEF ABNJ Deep Seas Project, 1 which focuses on developing and testing area-based planning methodologies in ABNJ within the Western Indian Ocean and the South East Pacific.
Capacity assessment for the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific: Area based planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This capacity assessment summarises the existing capacity of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) Secretariat and member countries of the CPPS to undertake area based planning in ABNJ of the South-East Pacific Ocean pilot area. This includes their collective capacity to work within existing frameworks and with the competent bodies operating in ABNJ. It is based on the capacity assessment session run at the ABNJ GEF workshop in Guayaquil, Ecuador 7-8th November 2016.
Capacity assessment for area based planning in areas beyond national jurisdiction for the Nairobi Convention
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
This capacity assessment summarises the existing capacity of the Nairobi Convention Secretariat and member countries of the Nairobi Convention to undertake area based planning in ABNJ. This includes their collective capacity to work within existing frameworks and with the competent bodies operating in ABNJ. It is based on the capacity assessment session run at the ABNJ GEF workshop in Mahe, Seychelles 13 – 14th October 2016. 
MARINE CONNECTIVITY ACROSS JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES: AN INTRODUCTION
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Technical papers
Connectivity can be defined as the physical or ecological conditions that allow living organisms and non-living material to move between, or influence, habitats, species populations or assemblages that are intermittently isolated in space or time. This document provides an introduction to two forms of connectivity, functional and structural, and discusses these in terms of transboundary considerations. There are a number of other forms of connectivity, such as genetic connectivity, all of which are interlinked within the ocean system and can be transboundary in nature and vary in scale across the ocean. This presents an important challenges to planning (and management) processes, including regional-scale planning processes such as Regional Sea Programmes. This document therefore provides an introduction to connectivity in the marine environment in a spatial planning context. Through this, the first steps are taken in terms of in helping states assess the relevance of the ABNJ in their planning processes.
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