Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability in the ABNJ
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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
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Regional Fisheries Management Organizations boosting engagement in development of new ‘High-Seas Treaty’

Common Oceans ABNJ Program organizes side event to showcase how lessons learned can help shape future actions

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

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). 
Category: Common Oceans
Type of document: Project documents
Concept Note for the GEF-7 Child Project on "Deep-sea Fisheries under the Ecosystem Approach" (the DSF 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