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Report of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Fifth Project Steering Committee Meeting
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The fifth meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project Steering Committee (PSC) was held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 27–28 January 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight project partners, including six regional bodies. The primary objectives of the fifth PSC were to consider the preliminary results of the Deep Sea Project (DSP) terminal evaluation and to provide feedback on the framework being developed for a second phase of the project under the coming GEF replenishment cycle. The PSC took note and commented on the Concept Note that has been prepared for the second phase of the DSP. The PSC also noted the timeline for the preparation and submission of documents for the GEF Council and that the five child projects and the Program Framework Document (PFD) need to be submitted together as a package. 
Report of the FAO/NPFC Workshop on Protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the North Pacific Fisheries Commission Area
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This is the report of the FAO/NPFC workshop on protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Fisheries Commission Area: applying global experiences to regional assessment. The event was held in Yokohama, Japan on 12–15 March 2018. The workshop was organized by the NPFC with financial support from the FAO ABNJ Deep Seas Project. 
Report of the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Deep Seas Project Fourth Project Steering Committee Meeting
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The fourth meeting of the ABNJ Deep Seas Project Steering Committee (PSC4) was held in Saint-Denis, Reunion from 23–25 January 2019, with the cooperation of the SIOFA Secretariat. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight project partners, including six regional bodies. The list of participants is attached as Appendix 1. The primary objectives of the PSC were to review the Project’s progress, to agree on actions and activities to be undertaken prior to the project’s closure and to discuss preparations for a new phase of the project. FAO and WCMC briefed the PSC on activities that are underway (e.g. review of area based planning tools, legal step-wise training) and on upcoming activities (e.g. rights based management workshop, global deep sea meeting). FAO and WCMC also briefed the PSC on their 2019 work plan and its budgetary implications. The PSC endorsed the 2019 work plan and requested a budget revision to take into account the unplanned activities in 2019 work plan (e.g. VME workshop, rights based management workshop, global deep sea meeting). The PSC took note of the end of project closure requirements and preparations that were being made for a subsequent phase of the ABNJ deep sea project.
Area-based planning in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: A Synthesis
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This publication has been prepared within the framework of the Global Environment Facility project entitled “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)” (referred to as the ‘ABNJ Deep Seas Project’). This project is jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  The synthesis report draws on the different studies developed under the project and provides insights into the future of cross-sectoral area-based planning in ABNJ. 
A marine spatial planning framework for Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
Marine spatial planning (MSP) is a type of area-based planning that is well established in national waters but doesn’t currently occur in ABNJ. It can be used to achieve ecological, social and economic objectives. This report showcases a MSP framework for ABNJ, for the purposes of conserving and sustainably using biodiversity. It considers the framework under different governance scenarios, highlighting how an international legally binding instrument would aid undertaking MSP in ABNJ. This publication has been prepared within the framework of the Global Environment Facility project entitled “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)” (referred to as the ‘ABNJ Deep Seas Project’) jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme. 
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