CBD Secretariat Side Event
on the CBD’s Scientific Work relating to the Application of the Ecosystem Approach in the context of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to
study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological
diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction
Seventh meeting, 1 to 4 April 2014, UNHQ, New York
Date and Venue
- 1 April (Tuesday), lunch time (1:15 – 2:45 pm)
- Conference Room 2, Conference Building, UNHQ, New York
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and CSIRO/Australia
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany (BMUB)
At its tenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity requested the Executive Secretary to work with Parties and other Governments as well as competent organizations and regional initiatives, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), regional seas conventions and action plans, and, where appropriate, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) to organize, including the setting of terms of reference, a series of regional workshops, with a primary objective to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas through the application of scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20 as well as other relevant compatible and complementary nationally and intergovernmentally agreed scientific criteria, as well as the scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction, which meet the scientific criteria in annex I to decision IX/20 (paragraph 36 of decision X/29).
In the same decision, the Conference of the Parties requested that the Executive Secretary make available the scientific and technical data, and information and results collated through the workshops referred to above to participating Parties, other Governments, intergovernmental agencies and the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) for their use according to their competencies.
Subsequently, the Conference of the Parties, at its eleventh meeting, requested the Executive Secretary to further collaborate with Parties, other Governments, competent organizations, and global and regional initiatives, such as the United Nations General Assembly Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-Economic Aspects, the International Maritime Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, regional seas conventions and action plans, and, where appropriate, regional fisheries management organizations, with regard to fisheries management, and also including the participation of indigenous and local communities, to facilitate the description of areas that meet the criteria for EBSAs through the organization of additional regional or subregional workshops for the remaining regions or subregions where Parties wish workshops to be held, and for the further description of the areas already described where new information becomes available (paragraph 12 of decision XI/17).
This event is being convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with various partners that were involved in the organization of a series of regional workshops convened by the CBD Secretariat, pursuant to the above requests, to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) as well as other related scientific and technical activities. The main purpose of this event is to share insights of various experts and partners on how the CBD’s scientific work can inform the global efforts in applying the ecosystem approach in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. The focus of discussion will take place in the context of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), with specific example from the South Pacific region.