GOBI partners are involved in a number of activities that contribute valuable data and information to the marine conservation agenda.
At present, GOBI’s central project is a multi-year programme of work started in 2016 and funded by Germany’s International Climate Initiative. This work comprises a range of activities coordinated the the GOBI Secretariat and carried out by GOBI partners CSIRO, Duke University, the University of Queensland, MarViva Foundation, BirdLife International and the Tethys Research Institute. The project’s overarching objective is to use EBSA descriptions as the basis for promoting environmental protection and management for specific areas of the global ocean.
The programme of work is split into six themes:
- Biogeographies for the SW Pacific and Indian Oceans
- Ecosystem connectivity and area-based planning in ABNJ
- The Costa Rica Thermal Dome
- Seabird data integration
- Hydrothermal vent ecosystems
- Important Marine Mammal Areas
Since it started, this work has helped determine the strengths, challenges and limitations of available marine ecosystem data, whilst generating new data and knowledge to fill identified gaps. Some of its most salient results to date are summarised in an interactive poster created for the 2021 IUCN World Conservation Congress, together with an accompanying video.
With this work, GOBI has been able to contribute towards the fulfilment of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and associated Aichi Biodiversity Targets, as well as inform the development and refinement of the new post-2020 global biodiversity framework.