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    Common Oceans ABNJ Program. Global sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the areas beyond national jurisdiction
    Global sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the areas beyond national jurisdiction
    2018
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    The Global sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ Program (Common Oceans ABNJ Program), supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a five-year Program that started its activities in early 2014. With the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as coordinating agency, the Common Oceans ABNJ Program is working in close collaboration with two other GEF implementing agencies, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Bank, as well as other executing partners, including Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), national governments, the private sector, and NGOs. This brochure introduces the for Projects that make up the Common Oceans ABNJ Program, and that are working together to achieve efficient and sustainable management of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ, and to achieve global targets agreed in the international fora.
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    Terminal evaluation of the areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) Deep-Sea project, part of the “Sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation of deep-sea living marine resources and ecosystems in ABNJ”
    Project code: GCP/GLO/366/GFF GEF ID: 4660
    2020
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    The marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) comprises 40 percent of the earth’s surface, it covers 64 percent of the surface of the ocean and 95 percent of its volume. The Common Oceans ABNJ Program (2014-2019) was implemented by FAO as a concerted effort to bring various stakeholders to work together to manage and conserve the world’s common oceans. The ABNJ Deep-Sea project, one component of the Common Oceans ABNJ Program, was of great assistance to newly-formed regional fisheries management organization and arrangements (RFMO/As), as well as some long-standing regional fisheries. The project showed positive results in safeguarding vulnerable marine ecosystems, strengthening monitoring, control and surveillance to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, mitigating bycatch mortality trends, and building awareness of cross-sectoral aspects in effective governance of ABNJ. Through its cooperation with RFMOs, the project has, to some extent, contributed to minimize the negative impacts of bycatch. Results achieved should be capitalized on and upscaled in a second phase.
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    Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). Proceedings 2016
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    The marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), which comprise 64 percent of the oceans’ surface, contain ecosystems with marine resources and biodiversity of great ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural importance. The ecosystems in the ABNJ include the water column and seabed of the high seas, and are located far from coastal areas, making the sustainable management of fisheries and biodiversity conservation in these areas challenging. There is widespread agreement on the need to improv e conservation of marine ecosystems and sustainable use of resources in ABNJ at both global and regional levels emphasizing the need for links between regional and global management processes in ABNJ. In various ABNJ regions of the world, such as the Northeast Atlantic, the Sargasso Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Islands, important initiatives are underway to adapt existing regional institutional processes to move toward ecosystem-based management of ABNJ and to implement tools such as m ultiple-use area-based management and environmental impact assessment. Experiences, knowledge gained, and lessons learned from regional initiatives in fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ need to be shared across regions and linked to ongoing global processes for maximum results and transformational impacts.

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