Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)
As of: December 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
The GOBI Secretariat has been fully engaged with the CBD Secretariat on all aspects of the ongoing EBSA process. In 2018 GOBI Secretariat members attended several CBD meetings to contribute knowledge and represent the wider GOBI community. A number of GOBI partners are now members of the CBD's Informal Advisory Group on EBSAs, which has 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, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and attended by over 100 delegates.
- GOBI Secretariat, in partnership with the CBD Secretariat, provided logistical support and training 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.
- 6-9 February 2018: CBD expert workshop on marine protected areas and other effective areabased conservation measures for achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in marine and coastal areas. Montreal, Canada.
- 19-24 February 2018: Regional EBSA workshop for the Baltic Sea. Helsinki, Finland.
- 14 May 2018: CBD EBSA Forum: Celebrating 10 years of the EBSA process - Discussion on Lessons Learned and Charting a Course for the Future. Montreal, Canada.
- On 7-8 May 2018, BirdLife International and the GOBI Secretariat contributed to the OSPAR (Oslo Paris Convention) Collective Arrangement meeting, sharing information and expert opinion on the North Atlantic current and Evlanov Seamount proposed MPA.