GOF and FAO announce ABNJ Workshop Feb 17-20, 2015 at FAO in RomeThe Global Ocean Forum and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations are pleased to announce the forthcoming “Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” to be held 17-20 February 2015 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The workshop is organized in special cooperation with the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and the project partners of the Global Environment Facility/Food and Agriculture Organization/Global Ocean Forum Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage ABNJ, as part of the GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (“Common Oceans”) (www.commonoceans.org).Interested individuals and organizations are invited to apply for registration to participate in the workshop, and to organize side events.RegistrationTo apply for participation in the workshop, please send a completed registration form ABNJ Workshop Registration Form (1) by 20 January 2015 to: Erica Wales (email@example.com).Side EventsThere will be opportunities to organize side events on Wednesday, 18 February and Thursday, 19 February (lunchtime: 12:00-1:00 PM; evening: 6:00-7:00 PM). Please contact Erica Wales (firstname.lastname@example.org) to propose side events (deadline, 10 January 2015).Workshop PurposeThis workshop will foster open and constructive policy dialogue for supporting national, regional, and global processes in place (formal and informal) for enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of ABNJ. The workshop will bring together representatives from all sectors with expertise, knowledge and experience in ABNJ issues, including: global, regional, and national decision-makers; representatives from the fishing, shipping, and other industries operating in ABNJ; UN delegates; intergovernmental organizations; non-governmental organizations; participants in the Common Oceans Pro¬gram (seewww.commonoceans.org); policy experts; legal scholars; and academics, to:1. Assess knowledge, ongoing efforts at national/regional and global levels, and available capacity relevant to sustainable management of fisheries and biodiversity conservation in ABNJ, with the aim of identifying knowledge gaps and capacity needs;2. Establish cross-sectoral linkages for improved information-sharing on ABNJ across sectors, and between global and regional levels;3. Share and exchange lessons learned, best practices, and emerging trends in research, development, and management of ABNJ resources from various regions of the world; and4. Provide a synthesis on the current state of knowledge on relevant global and regional policy processes that could be used to: 1) address areas of uncertainty due to a weak knowledge base on fisheries and biodiversity, and 2) improve sustainable use of fishery resources and conservation of biodiversity in the ABNJ.Workshop AgendaTuesday, 17 February 2015:Arrival and RegistrationPre-Workshop ActivitiesMeeting of the Community of Practice on Fisheries, Biodiversity, and Climate Change (10:00AM-12:00PM)Meeting of the Community of Practice on Multiple-Sector Area-Based Planning (1:00PM-3:00PM)Meeting of the ABNJ Public Outreach Network (3:00PM-5:00PM)Wednesday, 18 February 2015:Session 1 (10:00AM-12:00PM) – Opening Session: Importance of Areas Beyond National JurisdictionThis session provides an overview of the workshop, its scope and goals in the context of current and emerging problems, constraints, and opportunities in the management of ABNJ. High-level leaders from government and intergovernmental organizations will discuss the importance of ABNJ from national and global as well as sectoral perspectives, and their value as reflected in their institutional priorities.Session 2 (1:30-3:30PM) – Setting the Stage: Major Uses and Issues in ABNJThis session provides an overview of the status of major uses/issues/threats in ABNJ, with an emphasis on fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. The status of ecosystems in ABNJ and their vulnerability to human activities will also be discussed. Discussion will also include new knowledge on major drivers of change, such as climate change, and new and emerging uses of ABNJ.Session 3 (3:45-5:45PM) -The Imperative of Capacity Development in ABNJThis session reviews and discusses updates on capacity assessments for science and technology to support research, conservation, communications, and sustainable use and management of ABNJ. Various options and approaches for multi-sector area-based planning in ABNJ are reviewed, including capacity for their implementation. The imperative for public awareness and stewardship of ABNJ and their management and strategies for addressing this need are also discussed.Welcome Reception (6-8PM)Thursday, 19 February 2015:Recap of Sessions 1-3 (9:30-10:00AM)Session 4 (10:00AM-12:00PM) – Experiences, Priorities, and Opportunities in the South Atlantic and Indian OceanSession 5 (1:15-3:15PM) – Experiences, Priorities, and Opportunities in the PacificSession 6 (3:30-5:30PM) – Experiences, Priorities, and Opportunities in the North Atlantic and MediterraneanSessions 4-6 will focus on the status of major uses/issues/threats in ABNJ with emphasis on fisheries and biodiversity in the regions, including: 1) information on new and emerging uses; 2) “State of practice” of regional level implementation of ABNJ management, including new options for conservation and sustainable management and updates on ongoing processes and discussions on ABNJ issues taking place at the regional level; and 3) lessons learned and best practices from national and regional management approaches, and potential ways to scale up these approaches to the global level. Inputs and perspectives from the Common Oceans Program will add information and lessons learned to the discussion.Friday, 20 February 2015:Recap of Sessions 4-6 (9:30-10:00AM)Session 7 (10:00AM-3:00PM) – Breakout Discussions on Advancing Regional Management of ABNJThe break-out group discussions, which will be conducted by regions (or regional groups), will identify, discuss and take stock of: 1) Current knowledge and information on fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, and other major uses and issues in ABNJ in the region/regional group; 2) Emerging best practices for management of fisheries and biodiversity conservation, from both within and beyond national jurisdiction, that could be scaled up and applied to ABNJ in each region/regional group, as well as to the global level; and 3) Important gaps in capacity, management, scientific knowledge, and other key areas of uncertainty related to ABNJ uses and issues as well as specific avenues for future research and action with a view to filling these gaps in each region/regional group. The expected outputs from these break-out groups will form part of the state-of-the-art of science and policy/management in fisheries management, biodiversity conservation, and other major uses and issues in ABNJ in each region/regional group.Session 8 (3:30-5:00PM) – Learning Lessons, Charting DirectionsThis session will commence with reporting from the Chairs of the Regional Breakout Groups and summary of discussions. A synthesis of the overall outcomes from the plenary sessions and break-out discussions will follow. Next steps emanating from the workshop outcomes as well as concluding remarks will close the workshop.