News from GOBI
Recent and upcoming activities in the ocean biodiversity community
The autumn/winter 2016 edition of the GOBI newsletter is now available. Packed with the latest information from the GOBI community, it includes an overview of the new GOBI programme of work, funded by the German International Climate Initiative, as well as a round up of the latest meetings, workshops and publications.
Special places in our oceans: An introduction to ecologically or biologically significant marine areas
The first ever workshop to define Important Marine Mammal Areas — IMMAs — concluded last week in Chania, Greece with the identification of 41 candidate IMMAs (cIMMAs) in the Mediterranean region.
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has awarded GOBI a grant of €5.2 million in support of an intensive five-year effort to support conservation of life in the deep seas and open oceans.
GOBI partners were out in force at the recent International Marine Conservation Congress, held in St John's, Newfoundland on 30 July - 3 September 2016. Sharing expertise and experience on a range of marine conservation topics, GOBI partners contributed to a pre-conference Focus Group convened by Daniel Dunn (Duke University), Steve Fletcher (UNEP-WCMC) and Telmo Morato (IMAR/University of Azores), as well as to a well-attended symposium session on the same topic in the main conference programme.
The Spring 2016 edition of the GOBI newsletter is now available. This issue covers a range of topics, including reports from recent CBD expert meetings and regional EBSA workshops, accounts of recent events such as the first UN Prep Comm meeting, and an overview of some of the new initiatives and projects that aim to further marine conservation in the world's oceans.
In response to mounting concerns about declines in ocean health, States at the United Nations (UN) recently delivered some good news. The first UN Preparatory Committee session concluded on a positive note by identifying key elements for a new treaty to better protect and sustain the marine environment and marine life in the ocean beyond national boundaries.
The 12th Regional EBSA Workshop to facilitate description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas took place in Xiamen, China, hosted by the Government of China (Ministry of Environmental Protection) from 14 to 18 December 2015. The Workshop was preceded by a training event covering scientific aspects of EBSA criteria and potential use of EBSA information to support implementation of the ecosystem approach. The geographic scope of the Workshop overlapped with the North-East Indian Ocean workshop with respect to the waters of Myanmar that had not been fully considered previously.
The role of ecologically or biologically sensitive areas in the conservation of marine biodiversity in the High Seas headlined at the recent conference on Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe (Stralsund, Germany, 14-18 September 2015).
The Summer 2015 edition of the GOBI newsletter is now available. This issue covers a range of topics, including reports from recent regional EBSA workshops, accounts of recent meetings such as the Nairobi Convention COP and the ISA's Annual Session, and an overview of the work undertaken by ACAP and BirdLife International to protect the world's seabirds.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) have issued a joint letter to National Coordinating Bodies and Member States’ Permanent Delegates and Observers to UNESCO in order to raise awareness of the progress made in the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The letter draws attention to the 204 marine areas that meet the EBSA criteria, which have been described via a series of regional workshops...