Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability and biodiversity in the ABNJ
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Ambitious, new phase of Common Oceans Program to keep the ocean healthy

GEF-funded partnership continues work on improved cooperation in the management of shared marine waters
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Common Oceans Program to ramp up sustainable management of the high seas

New phase of GEF-funded partnership in support of sustainable fisheries and protection of marine biodiversity in the 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 Common Oceans Program is a global partnership funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), promoting sustainable fisheries and conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Led by FAO, the Program brings together the UN’s Development Program (UNDP) and Environment Programme (UNEP), regional fisheries management organizations, national governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia [more].


  • 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