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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 …

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

Both Serge Garcia and Despina Symons actively participated in the FAO/COFI meeting held in Rome 11-15 July, as part of the IUCN Delegation, an important partner to FAO.  Following the Joint FAO-CBD-IUCN/FEG Expert Meeting on Target 6 and the commitment to bring the recommendations to the upcoming COFI meeting, FEG …

High Level Panel on SDG 14

The panel was organized by UN-DESA Department of Economic and Social Affairs in July at the UN General Assembly.  Jake Rice was an invited presenter and Panellist, speaking on the importance of not viewing SDG 14 on the oceans in isolation from the other SDGs.  Rather it is important to …

Supporting science-based solutions

ICES/MSEAS Symposium on Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

Jake Rice (who was also in the Scientific Committee of the Symposium), Serge Garcia and Tony Charles were invited to give keynote addresses of this symposium which signalled the formal entry of the concept of social-ecological systems in conventional quarters if fisheries science. Garcia made a presentation on “Fi​​​sheries: from …

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Fishing: An activity under a great diversity of constraints

Serge Garcia, Chair of the Fisheries Expert Group, took part in the conference organised by the Paris Oceanographic Institute entitled “Le monde de la pêche face à de nouveaux défis: environnementaux, sociaux et économiques –Une gouvernance plus écologique pour une conservation plus humaine ” (The fisheries world facing new challenges: …

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 …

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

Overexploitation, environmental degradation, social inequities, tenure insecurity and poverty are interconnected threats to aquatic biodiversity conservation and to coastal and rural communities that depend on aquatic resources for their livelihoods and well-being. It is crucial to determine the appropriate forms of MPAs and OEABMs that can both improve biodiversity conservation …

Expert Meeting on the Aichi Biodiversity Target 6: Improving Progress Reporting and Facilitating Implementation

FEG has been actively involved in discussions regarding the implementation of AICHI Target 6, aiming at linking and improving the governance of  fisheries, and the  performance of associated conservation measures (e.g. in FAO, CBD, IUCN, RFMOs, RSOs, European parliament, and UNGA). Regarding the implementation of AICHI Target 6, EBCD and FEG, …

EU Conference on Economic Advice in Fisheries Management, Malta

Serge Garcia was invited to make a short presentation on Fishery Management, Biodiversity Impact Mitigation and Ecosystem Services at the EU Conference on Economic Advice in Fisheries Management held in Malta on the 4th and 5th of February 2016. The presentation showed the articulation between biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, …

MARES Conference, Portugal

Jake Rice invited to give a key note address on overfishing. He presented the results of a meta-analysis on the state of many of the fisheries managed by authorities that have sufficient resources to make efforts, rigorous assessments and sound management, control and surveillance of fisheries. These analyses documented that …

FAO Project Common Oceans: Global sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ

This GEF project, signed in 2011 (GEF) involves FAO, (coordinating agency) as well as UNEP and the World Bank (as partner implementing agencies) and a number of RFMOs, industry and NGO partners.  FEG has been invited to be a partner in this project and both Serge Garcia and Jake Rice …

Workshop on Linking global and regional levels in the management of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction

Organized by FAO, GEG and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) in Rome, 17-20/02/2015.  In Session 2, Achieving sustainable fisheries in ABNJ, S. Garcia was asked to make a presentation on EAF in ABNJ: How far have we come? Background: The marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), which comprise 64% of …

The Fisheries Experts Group has global scientific expertise on the ecosystem approach to fisheries and conservation

 

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News

Welcome to a new FEG member!

Professor Michel Kaiser, teacher in Marine Conservation Ecology at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University has just joined the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM-FEG). Professor Kaiser’s competence lies at the interface between conservation and fisheries, the effects of fishing and aquaculture on the marine environment and he is also interested in the social and economic consequences of different fishery management approaches. His current work is on techniques to minimize ecological impacts of fisheries and aquaculture and on the appropriate use of marine protected areas.

These are work areas in which FEG has been deeply involved for a few years and the experience of professor Kaiser is a most welcomed addition to our competence.

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Background

The Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG, in brief FEG) was established during the IUCN World Congress in Barcelona in 2008 at the initiative of the European Bureau of Conservation and Development (EBCD) and with the support of the IUCN Global Marine Program. The scientific Expert Group has global expertise on the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries and conservation and addresses the need for an ecosystem-focused competence on marine fishery and conservation issues within the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).

EBCD provides the Secretariat of FEG and its Director ensures the coordination.

Mission

The mission of FEG is to foster the sustainable use of fisheries and promote the conservation of related marine ecosystems. To fulfil this mission, FEG seeks to inform fisheries and marine conservation policies and related strategies and approaches and to provide a bridge between the two governance streams, facilitating their convergence.

FEG intends also to provide a link between the fishery and biodiversity expert communities of IUCN.

In pursuing its objectives, FEG links as appropriate with other IUCN Commissions such as the Species Survival Commission (SSC) (particularly with its Marine Conservation sub-Committee and the Fisheries Experts Group of the ESUSG), with the Commission on Ecological, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA).

Activities

FEG organizes scientific debates and meetings on key issues at the interface between fisheries and conservation. It produces and contributes to publications, books, articles, policy briefs, supported by desk studies and syntheses of available knowledge.

Pool of experts

FEG draws part of the expertise it needs to answer the broad range of questions from its Pool of Experts. The pool is a database of experts selected by the FEG Bureau for their expertise that have been either proposed formally to IUCN/CEM or have applied directly.