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Summary of the Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Sea Project's 4th Steering Committee Meeting

21 February 2019

The Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project held its fourth Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting in La Reunion on 23-25 January 2019. On the first day the PSC considered the Project’s progress report and reviewed the Projects activities and highlights, but also reviewed the budget and the workplan through the end of 2019. Since the Project will close operationally on 31 August 2019 and administratively on 31 December 2019, the second day included sessions on the Project’s end-of-project requirements and preparations for a next phase. These end-of-project requirements include a terminal evaluation to be submitted to the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), as well as a terminal report.

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For the Project’s next phase GEF has allocated funds under the International Waters (IW) Focal Area, including for the improvement of conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). There is therefore scope to formulate another Common Oceans ABNJ Programme and projects under this entry point. The PSC also considered the outcomes of the Theory of Change workshop that was organized by the Common Oceans ABNJ Program in December 2018. The purpose of the Workshop was to review lessons learned from the current Program and to develop an overall framework for a possible second phase. The third and final day provided an opportunity to review the key outcomes of the PSC, and for the deep sea RFMOs in attendance to have informal discussions on matters of mutual interest.

The Common Oceans ABNJ Deep Seas Project is funded by GEF and implemented by FAO and UN Environment. The partnership brings together a broad range of partners, including regional fisheries bodies responsible for the management of deep-sea fisheries, fishing industry partners, and international organizations to achieve sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living resources in the areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

For additional information about the Common Oceans ABNJ Program and the Deep Seas Project, please visit the website, or contact:

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