With support from GOBI, MarViva Foundation hosted the workshop “Conservation and sustainable use of the marine resources of the Thermal Dome in areas beyond national jurisdiction”. It was held on 13-14 February, in San Jose, Costa Rica, with representatives from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and the Central American Integration System (SICA) in attendance.
Following keynote presentations by international experts from NOAA, Duke University, GOBI and MarViva, discussions focused on the biological richness of the Costa Rica Thermal Dome, its impact on national economies, the ecological connectivity between High Seas and coastal ecosystems, and the adequate measures to achieve its conservation and sustainable use in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).
Representatives from Government and Regional Organisations expressed their support to move forward with the efforts to achieve a governance model for the ABNJ of the Thermal Dome as a regional process. MarViva and GOBI will continue supporting this regional effort for the conservation of the marine resources.