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Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)

As of: January 2022

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

  • GOBI’s work on describing a suite of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in the Indian and South Pacific Oceans continues to progress:
    • Five expert workshops now complete and more than 100 IMMAs described. One further workshop is due to take place in spring 2022 (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). All results to date can be found online at the IMMA eAtlas.
    • Bioregionalisations for the SW Pacific and Indian Ocean are complete, with descriptions of 72 benthic and 14 pelagic bioregions in the Indian Ocean and 35 benthic and 16 pelagic regions in the South West Pacific Ocean. Each region has a description, map and qualitative ecosystem model that identifies the key pressures acting on the bioregion. Results will feed into MSP programmes in Mauritius, Tanzania and Kenya over the next 2 years.
  • Results from GOBI’s work continue to be published in a range of scientific journals. For a full list of publications produced through GOBI’s IKI grant please visit
  • GOBI’s website continues to be updated with the latest news.

Further Links

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:
6.465.546,00 €

05/2016  till  10/2023


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