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CBD Regional EBSA Workshop for the NW Indian Ocean region

Dubai, 19-24 April 2015

The CBD convened a regional workshop to facilitate the description of EBSAs for the north-west Indian Ocean region in Dubai on 19-24 April 2015. The Workshop was attended by 45 participants, including 14 from the region’s nations (Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates). An expert from Yemen could not attend but was constantly in touch via telephone and email, which allowed the inclusion of the proposals of Yemeni templates. The meeting also included 6 observers, 18 representatives of as many organisations, 3 technical support persons from CSIRO, and 3 from the CBD Secretariat. 

The GOBI partnership was represented by Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (Tethys Institute), Ben Lascelles (BirdLife International), and the data/technical support was provided by a team from CSIRO led by Piers Dunstan and Nic Bax. 

In total, 32 EBSAs were described by the workshop. Most templates involved areas in national waters, but there were also interesting transboundary and ABNJ proposals.  Areas important for marine mammals correlate strongly with most of the EBSAs proposed. The general consensus was that this workshop was particularly successful, with the highest number of EBSAs proposed for any of the 11 regional workshops that the CBD has organised to date.

The final Workshop report is currently under preparation by the CBD Secretariat, and will be forwarded to the CBD SBSTTA for review and then presented to the CBD Conference of the Parties in November 2016.

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