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 …

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 …

Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs): A challenge and an opportunity for the marine capture fishery sector.

A meeting of experts organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the Fisheries Expert Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM-FEG) coordinated by EBCD has been tasked …

14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD)

On 17-29 November 2018, the Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG) attended the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 14 that took place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Represented by Jake Rice and Despina Symons, FEG members as part of the IUCN Delegation contributed 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 …

Bycatch, conservatory offsets and least-cost biodiversity impact mitigation

Fisheries bycatch management is a central issue in modern fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. Its effective control can be considered under the conventional Biodiversity Impact Mitigation (BIM) hierarchy. Conservatory offsets which, contrary to conventional compensatory offsets used as measure of last resort, constitute an integral part of conservatory measures, can be used …

Fisheries livelihoods, vulnerable ecosystems and MPAs

Protection of vulnerable ecosystems and MPAs interact with fisheries operations, livelihoods and food security. During IMPAC 4, (Chile, September 2017), FAO regional and central offices, REDPARQUES and the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group (IUCN-CEM-FEG) collaborated in organizing two symposia and a side event on these important subjects. The sessions provided opportunities …