Practical Guidance for the UN Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Principles

The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary corporate sustainability initiative based on industry CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to undertake partnerships in support of UN goals. One important thrust of the Compact activities is on seafood sustainability. Another is on Setting science-based targets in the sectors …

Announcement: Workshop on Testing OECM Practices and Strategies

ICES and the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group (IUCN-CEM-FEG) will hold the online Workshop on Testing  OECM Practices and Strategies (WKTOPS) on 15-24 March 2021. The Workshop responds to the considerable interest in the scientific community and among fisheries managers and policy-makers in exploring the extent to which ABFMs may contribute …

International Ocean Governance: More Dialogue for Robust Results

The world’s oceans must be seen as a space providing for food, economic resources and leisure just as much as an area of high biodiversity that must be preserved as much as possible. And all under the pressure of climate change and the need to find new ways to manage …

Brief: Fisheries and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The current CBD broad vision of “Living in harmony with nature” where “By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people” captures the core challenges of fisheries managers to maintain sustainable fisheries, stop overfishing, and …

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 in the face of Climate change

Five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, WWF has developed an analytical report on the EU’s progress to achieve the ten targets of SDG14. The event “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 in the face of Climate change”  focused on the successful bottom-up approach of Atlantic fishers to protect their …

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 …