Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)
As of: April 2018
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 project communicated ways in which the identification of Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) can serve to support global marine conservation at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, September 2016.
- The project submitted two important proposals for marine protected areas (MPAs): The Evlanov Seamount and Basin MPA to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) and the Network of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) designated as Special Protection Areas in Malta.
- Side Event on the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) in Manila.
- Preparation of inputs to forthcoming options workshops on Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs).