Common Oceans - A partnership for sustainability and biodiversity in the ABNJ


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
Rome – A new phase in the life of the Common Oceans Program is going to bolster international efforts in support of sustainable management of marine resources and biodiversity conservation in the ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction (ANBJ). "The message from the recent UN Ocean Conference was...
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
Nairobi/Rome/Washington - Oceans are essential to life on earth. They help regulate our climate and produce oxygen for us to breathe. They also provide food, jobs, energy and transport for millions of people. Yet, our oceans are in danger from overfishing, pollution, climate change and...
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
Rome, 8 June 2020 - The approval of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) new work programme of USD 700 million for urgent environmental action – through and beyond the coronavirus pandemic – will enable FAO to continue its efforts to improve fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in our...
Four major achievements in helping protect our oceans
Celebrating encouraging results from the Common Oceans ABNJ Program
* Access FAO Story here Protecting our oceans is no easy task.  Despite knowing how essential oceans are for our ecosystems, for biodiversity, for food, for income and even for our existence, oceans are vast and managing them is complex, especially as large parts of them are a shared...
Overfishing of the world’s major tuna stocks going down, bycatch and pollution reduced and 18 new areas protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems established
GEF-FAO fishery project makes remarkable progress in protecting international waters’ biodiversity
The five-year, $50-million Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded Common Oceans ABNJ Program rolled out by FAO and partners has made remarkable progress in protecting international waters' biodiversity by rendering fishing in these waters less harmful to several marine species, including sea turtles and tuna.  
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