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 …

OECMs in Marine Capture Fisheries

In 2010, in Nagoya (Japan), the CBD COP 10 adopted a Strategic Plan for Biological Diversity 2011-2020 containing 20 Aichi Targets to be reached, in most cases by 2020. Target 11 states that: “by 2020, at least…10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for …

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 …

Report: Assessing Progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Fisheries

The Report on Assessing Progress towards Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Fisheries (available here), developed by the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group (FEG), coordinated by EBCD, has been released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity as part of its Technical Series. The Report discusses key elements and approaches for realistic …

Convention on Biological Diversity: Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The recently published Zero Draft of the Global Biodiversity Framework was discussed during the last round of negotiations, taking place in Rome, 24-29 February, under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The year 2020 will end with the adoption of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, consisting of 20 short-term Targets …

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 …