Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Workshop | 17 - 20 February 2015

Oceans are home to ecosystems and biodiversity that are of great importance to ecology, culture and the livelihoods of millions of people. But with some 64 percent of the oceans' surface consisting of areas that lie beyond areas of national jurisdiction (ABNJ), effective management of fisheries and conservation of biodiversity in these areas can pose serious challenges.

ABNJ have risen to the top of the global ocean agenda and are being discussed at the highest governmental levels. But a concerted international effort is still needed to translate agreed principles into strong global and regional policies that guarantee the protection of these valuable areas.

This workshop aims to foster an open policy dialogue to support ongoing national, regional, and global processes to enhance the management of ABNJs with a focus on ecosystems.

The event is open to any media wishing to attend. Media accreditation will be at the main entrance to FAO. A valid press card or letter of assignment on company stationery, plus an ID card, are required.


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Workshop Highlights: Wednesday, 18 February

Opening Session: The Importance of Ocean Areas beyond National Jurisdiction
10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Red Room
Includes welcome remarks by FAO Assistant Director-General Maria Helena Semedo

Session 2: Setting the Stage: Major Issues in ABNJ
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Red Room

Session 3: The imperative of Capacity Development in ABNJ
3:45 - 5:45 p.m. | Red Room

Thursday, 19 February

Session 4: Experiences, Priorities and Opportunities in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  | Red Room

Session 5: Experiences, Priorities and Opportunities in the Pacific
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. | Red Room

Session 6: Experiences, Priorities and Opportunities in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Red Room

Friday, 20 February

Session 7: Breakout Discussions on Advancing Regional Management of ABNJ
10:00 am - 3:00 p.m. | German Room, Nigeria Room, Ethiopia Room

Session 8: Learning Lessons, Charting Directions
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Red Room

Photo: ©FAO/Ami Vitale
The livelihoods of millions of fisherfolk depend on healthy ocean ecosystems.