Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Fisheries

Organizing this side event at the COP in Caucun, Mexico, FEG contributed to the overall dialogue on “mainstreaming” biodiversity in sectorial management, as the central theme of the entire COP. This issue was brought to EBCD and FEG’s attention by the Executive Secretary of the CBD, who asked specifically for …

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 …

European Parliament Hearing: Marine Protected Areas – marine biodiversity and ecosystems for the Blue Economy

Serge Garcia was invited to make a presentation at Public Hearing in the European Parliament Fisheries Committee on MPAs and fisheries on the 9th of November 2016. The presentation covered inter alia hot issues related to the Global coverage % adopted at the WPC in 2014 and at IUCN-WCC in 2016 …

Sustainable Ocean Initiative: “Global dialogue with regional seas organizations and regional fisheries bodies on accelerating progress towards the AICHI biodiversity target”

This workshop was organized at the initiative of the CBD/SOI (Sustainable Ocean Initiative) and UNEP in collaboration with the FAO, the IUCN/CEM/FEG, RFMOS, GOBI (Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative), and the Government of the Republic of Korea. For the first time the workshop brought together the Regional Seas Organizations (RSOs) such …

promoting the conservation of marine ecosystems

Food Security in marine protected areas: reality or utopia?

This meeting, that EBCD co-sponsored, was organized by Djibril Ly, from the Observatoire du Parc National du Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania), member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Focussing initially on the Banc D’Arguin situation, it brought around the table a number of members from NGOs active in programmes …

A Wealth of Integrated Ocean Assessments – what do they tell us and what should we do with them?

Serge Garcia, Jake Rice and Despina Symons actively participated in the IUCN Congress, held in Hawaii (1-10 September). FEG had been actively involved in the preparations throughout the year, participating in discussions and providing amendments to the draft motions being submitted by IUCN members with the view to ensure a …

Blue Economy: Reducing the impact of marine fisheries bycatch on biodiversity: policy, economic instruments and technical change

Serge Garcia, Jake Rice and Despina Symons actively participated in the IUCN Congress, held in Hawaii (1-10 September). FEG had been actively involved in the preparations throughout the year, participating in discussions and providing amendments to the draft motions being submitted by IUCN members with the view to ensure a …

Time to act for Oceans in the 2030 Agenda: collaborative partnerships for SDG 14

Aiming at generating innovative ideas and practical ways forward to achieve the SDG 14 on Oceans, the workshop considered how are governments, civil society, businesses and communities delivering on the SDG 14? How are they addressing trade-offs between SDG 14 aspirations and other goals? What are the key elements of …

The challenge of preserving the health of the world’s oceans. Session 2 on Fisheries and ocean governance

Serge Garcia was invited to participate to this high level Plenary Panel session. The aim of this 40 minutes’ session was to enable a broader strategic discussion and horizon scanning on priority topics regarding fisheries.  It was supposed to allow the panellists to engage on selected topics, giving them a …