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GLISPA FRIEND UNEP-WCMC on ocean connectivity and effective management in ABNJ...

Bird over ocean 1Our oceans are connected
UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has released a technical brief on the topic of connectivity within the oceans, titled ‘Connectivity: A critical biodiversity consideration in global ocean sustainability’.

The purpose of the brief is to illustrate the science behind connectivity and provide context for in the negotiations for a new International Legally Binding Instrument, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, for Conservation and Sustainable use of Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, currently being discussed in the UN Headquarters in New York. 

This technical brief was launched at the second round of negotiations in New York in early April, and the full report can be found here: https://wcmc.io/ABNJ_connectivitybrief

Open water 1Providing examples of effective management in areas beyond national jurisdiction
The remoteness of the high seas has traditionally ensured its protection from impacts as a result of human activities, yet recent technological advances have resulted in these remote areas of the ocean becoming easier to access. Human activities have the potential to impact upon biodiversity. Additionally, the scale and intensity of activities, such as deep-sea mining, cable-laying, shipping and deep-sea fishing all have the potential to increase as more resources are needed and the global population continues to grow. Area-based planning in the open ocean is one way in which activities may be managed to mitigate against negative impacts human activities could have upon biodiversity.

UNEP-WCMC have released a report showcasing case studies of where there is area-based management in place in areas of ocean that are beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The report titled, ‘Learning from experience: case studies of area-based planning in ABNJ’ showcases examples of lessons that can potentially be learnt from these experiences. The full report can be found here: https://wcmc.io/ABNJ_casestudies