Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ
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Common Oceans Program to ramp up sustainable management of the high seas

New phase of GEF-funded partnership for areas beyond national jurisdiction
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GEF Council approves USD 27 million to continue FAO-led Common Oceans Program

Boost for the sustainable management of the oceans amid massive support for FAO projects
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Four major achievements in helping protect our oceans

Celebrating encouraging results from the Common Oceans ABNJ Program

The Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity 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 resources

Report of the Workshop on the use of still and video cameras to record deepwater shark catches by scientific observers
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Reports
This publication examines the current status of using still and video camera systems, supported by image analysis through artificial intelligence and computer learning systems, to support the work of on-board scientific observers on commercial fishing vessels. This allows observers to increase their ability to improve data collection and reduce risks to personal safety. It also frees up the observers time allowing them to focus on tasks that can not be replaced by technology. The end result is more and better data, collected to know quality standards, that is independent of observer experience.
Use of still and video cameras to record deepwater shark and VME indicator catches by scientific observers - video playlist
Category: Deep Seas & Biodiversity
Type of document: Videos
Use of still and video cameras to record deepwater shark and VME indicator catches by scientific observers was held virtually on 31 August 2021, bringing developers and users together to share innovations in using cameras onboard fishing vessels to assist observers in collecting more and better data. The meeting consisted of 8 presentations and over 120 registered participants from around the world.
Category: Common Oceans
Type of document: Project documents
Concept Note for the GEF-7 Child Project on "Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction" (the Tuna Project). 

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