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STRONG High Seas – Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas

As of: March 2019

Objective and activities

The project facilitates the development of comprehensive, cross-sectoral approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific. Building on the interest of both regions and political momentum at the global level, it identifies best practices and provides regional institutions and national authorities with the knowledge, tools and capacity to strengthen implementation of existing and the development of new approaches to regional ocean governance. The project will advance technical and scientific cooperation and propose ABNJ measures at the regional scale. Experiences will be disseminated to other regions and stakeholders to facilitate mutual learning and identify common practices. The project develops options for regional governance under a future international instrument under UNCLOS and transfers lessons learned to the global level to support ocean governance at relevant scales.

State of implementation/results

  • The project kick-off meeting with all project partners took place in October 2017 at the IASS in Potsdam.
  • Yearly dialogworkshop - 1. June 2018: in Colombia & Ivory Coast. The project was presented and the future challenges for ocean governance were discussed. About 40 key actors from different ministries, international and regional organisations, science and society participated.
  • July 2018: Workshop in Paris about technological tools to monitor and control the high sea activities.
  • September 2018: Capacity buidling workshop/expert workshop in New York with ministrial representatives from Southamerica and Africa and various other stakeholder to discuss the intended agreement under the Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for the protection and sustainable use of the marine biodiversity of the high seas.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Partner institution(s):
  • Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (CPPS, Permanente Kommission für den Südpazifik)
  • Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention - Ivory Coast
  • Diverse partner institutions (governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations)

BMU grant:
€ 3,771,445.96

06/2017 till 05/2022


Fact sheet:
Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas (PDF, 1.71 MB)

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