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Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)

As of: October 2021

GOBI is an international partnership of organisations committed to advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the marine environment. GOBI partners, coordinated by a dedicated Secretariat, develop methods, generate new data, and deliver actionable knowledge to address present-day concerns of the biodiversity management and conservation community. GOBI also supports countries in meeting their national conservation obligations, devising sustainable marine management measures via cooperation between GOBI partners, CBD signatory states and intergovernmental organisations. These activities help society and its leaders appreciate the value of marine biodiversity and contribute towards transformational policy advice and capacity building.

State of implementation/results

  • 321 descriptions of Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (ESBAs) have been agreed following the CBD Conference of the Parties, with a further 17 descriptions due to be considered in 2021. The challenge is now apply these to the conservation of specific regions and/or key species and habitats. Parties to CBD will decide on future EBSA modalities, negotiations will conclude on a new international treaty on biodiversity in the high seas, and CBD will agree a new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of goals and targets. This project aims to use EBSA descriptions as the basis for promoting protection and management for specific areas of the world’s oceans. It will enable GOBI to continue to support implementation of CBD Decision X/29 by establishing more detailed biogeographies and further integrating data on migratory species and chemosynthetic ecosystems. This will result in transformational policy advice and capacity building, and support progress towards Aichi Target 11.

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
Seascape Consultants Ltd - United Kingdom

Political partner(s):
  • Government of the Republic of the Seychelles
  • Governments of Central America (Honduras & Guatemala)
  • International Seabed Authority (ISA) - Jamaica
  • Secretariat of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) - Abu Dhabi
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) - Canada

Implementing partner(s):
  • BirdLife International - Global Office - United Kingdom
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) - Tasmania/Australia
  • Duke University - United States
  • Instituto Tethys ONLUS - Italy
  • MarViva Foundation - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
5.190.577,00 €

05/2016  till  10/2021


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