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Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ
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BBNJ Capacity Development in the Context of Climate Change

Side event at the 2nd Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)
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Addressing the need to reverse the trend of declining stocks of billfish species in the Western Central Atlantic Ocean

The Caribbean Billfish Management and Conservation Plan - a key output of the Caribbean Billfish Project
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Leading marine scientists and tuna industry representatives meet at FAO headquarters to discuss 10 years of bycatch mitigation research

International Workshop on Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Tropical Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries co-hosted by ISSF and FAO
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BirdLife South Africa invited partners to Global Seabird Bycatch Assessment Workshop

For first-ever estimate of seabird bycatch from tuna longline fisheries in the Southern Hemisphere

The Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Program (ABNJ) commonly referred to as the Common Oceans ABNJ Program – 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

ABNJ DEEP SEA MEETING 2019 - Agenda
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Miscellanea
This is the agenda for The DEEP SEA MEETING 2019, an effort carried out be the GEF-funded Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project that is jointly implemented by FAO and UN Environment. FAO is also partners with the SponGES Project, which is a research and innovation Project funded under the H2020 Blue Growth initiative. The DEEP SEA MEETING 2019 aims to build on the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project and SponGES Project, to showcase existing knowledge, practices, and innovative research for sustainable deep-sea fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ.
ABNJ DEEP SEA MEETING 2019 - Concept Note
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Miscellanea
This is a Concept Note of The DEEP SEA MEETING 2019, an effort carried out be the GEF-funded Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project that is jointly implemented by FAO and UN Environment. FAO is also partners with the SponGES Project, which is a research and innovation Project funded under the H2020 Blue Growth initiative. The DEEP SEA CONFERENCE 2019 aims to build on the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project and SponGES Project, to showcase existing knowledge, practices, and innovative research for sustainable deep-sea fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ.
Connectivity: A critical biodiversity consideration in global ocean sustainability
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
The relevance of connectivity for marine biodiversity has been recognised in the negotiations for a new international legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. This technical brief provides evidence to support future negotiations. It explains how connectivity can be considered in negotiations on three of the four ‘package elements’ of the instrument: area-based tools, environmental impact assessments and technology transfer and capacity building. This technical brief provides an opportunity to consider appropriate ways to include ecological connectivity in order to support the delivery of the ecosystem approach. This brief was produced under the auspices of the ABNJ Deeps Seas Project funded by the Global Environment Facility. This is a 5-year project jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) in partnership with regional fisheries bodies, Regional Seas Programmes, the fishing industry, international organziations and governments. 

Upcoming Events

Apr 22
22 April 2019 - 26 April 2019 Madrid, Spain
May 07
07 May 2019 - 09 May 2019 FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
May 08
08 May 2019 - 10 May 2019 California, USA
May 20
20 May 2019 - 23 May 2019 Lake Arrowhead, California, USA

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