Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)
As of: March 2019
Objective and activities
This project aims to use EBSA descriptions as the basis for promoting environmental protection and management for specific areas of the world’s oceans. The project will enable GOBI to continue to support the implementation of CBD Decision X/29 by establishing more detailed biogeographies and further integrating data on migratory species (including birds, pelagic fish, sea turtles and marine mammals) and chemosynthetic ecosystems. This will result in transformational policy advice and capacity building. Highlighting what can be achieved in terms of governance and enforcement tools will enhance marine conservation and support progress towards Aichi Target 11.
State of implementation/results
- Worldwide 279 EBSAs (Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas) were approved from CBD till now.
- GOBI provided expert input to the CBD EBSA options workshop (Berlin, 2017), The outcomes will set the agenda for future GOBI work and provides a context for strategic planning.
- GOBI provided expert input to the CBD's Aichi Target 11 and OECM workshops (February 2018 in Montreal)
- A number of GOBI partners are now members of the CBD's Informal Advisory Group on EBSAs, which as been set up to support the CBD's Executive Secretary on technical issues related to the EBA process.
- Following the UN's decision to move forward with negotiations on a new treaty to protect marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction the first Intergovernmental Conference (IGC1) was convened in New York in early September 2018. GOBI Secretariat convened a lunchtime side event on 7 September, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and attended by over 100 delegates.
- GOBI continues to work closely with the UN Convention on Migratory Species, building on their recent resolutions on ecological networks and IMMA resolutions, and engaging them in GOBI events at IGC1 and at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (Montreal, May 2018).
- On 26-28 September 2018 MarViva held the first regional workshop to discuss a governance scheme for the Costa Rica Thermal Dome.
- On 7-8 May 2018, BirdLife International and the GOBI Secretariat contributed to the OSPAR Collective Arrangement meeting, sharing information and expert opinion on the North Atlantic current and Evlanov Seamount proposed MPA.
- GOBI provided input and technical support to the CBD's EBSA regional workshop for the Baltic Sea, held in Helsinki on 19-24 February 2018.
- GOBI Secretariat, in partnership with the CBD Secretariat, provided logistical support and raining at a Sustainable Ocean Initiative capacity building workshop in Cameroon on 15-19 January 2018. The workshop focused on national-level priorities for Cameroon regarding coastal and marine resources, and promoted scientific and technical collaborations to describe EBSAs and consider potential threats to marine biodiversity.