Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: towards the last round of negotiations

The negotiations for an international treaty on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) are now approaching the fourth and last session. During the third round of negotiations in New York City in August 2019, progress was made in advancing the draft text of the treaty. In particular, the …

Convention on Biological Diversity: Regional Workshop to facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic Ocean

The Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Training Session on EBSAs took place in Stockholm, 23-27 September 2019. The Workshop was hosted by the Government of Sweden and organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological …

Convention on Biological Diversity: Thematic Workshop on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

On 11-15 November 2019, the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM-FEG) participated in the Thematic Workshop on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and the two-day event Advancing Ocean Action Towards Sustainable Development Goal 14, both held in Montreal, Canada. The …

COP 25 – Fisheries and Ocean Summary

The Ocean is a carbon sink: of the three places where carbon is stored—atmosphere, oceans, and land biosphere—approximately 93 percent of the CO2 is found in the oceans. Since 2009, it has absorbed 22% of CO2, and absorbed 90% of excess heat since pre-industrial years. It is fair to say …

Towards implementation of OECMs in the Marine Capture Fishery Sector

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published the Report of the Expert Meeting on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) in the Marine Capture Fishery Sector held in Rome, 7-10 May 2019. The meeting, which aimed to catalyze and consolidate expert advice on the identification and establishment of OECMs in …

33rd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

Represented by Serge Garcia and Despina Symons, EBCD/FEG participated as part of the IUCN delegation in the 33rd session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, that was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Rome, Italy. Moreover, EBCD/FEG organized a joint side-event on ‘Towards sustainable fisheries: mainstreaming biodiversity – what are …

22nd meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA)

On 2-7 July 2018, the Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG) participated in the 22nd meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), that took place in Montreal, Canada. Represented by Serge Garcia, Jake Rice and Despina Symons, FEG members …

FEG Participation at IMPAC4

Chair of IUCN/CEM/FEG, Mr Serge Garcia along with members Mr. Michael Kasier and Mrs. Despina Symons will actively participate at the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress, taking place from 4-8 September 2017 in Chile. This major event is held every 3 years and is usually organised by IUCN and …

Small-scale fisheries communities and Aichi Target 11: Achieving conservation, sustainable livelihoods and food security in MPAs and other effective area-based measures (OEABMs)

At the UN Conference on Biodiversity (CBD) COP13 held from the 4-17 December in Cancun, Mexico, EBCD together with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, IUCN-CEM-FEG and in collaboration with ICSF organised a side event on the 7th of December entitled Small-scale fisheries communities and Aichi Target 11: Achieving conservation, sustainable livelihoods …

Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Fisheries: Improving reporting & working towards implementation

Building on collaboration among the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, this event highlighted work by IUCN-Fisheries Expert Group, the European Bureau for Conservation and Development, the CBD Secretariat and FAO in developing advice for indicators and implementation of measuring progress against Aichi Target 6: “By 2020 all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic …