As of: October 2016
Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)
Objective and activities
This project aims to use ecologically or biologically significant area (EBSA) descriptions as the basis for promoting environmental protection and management for specific areas of the world’s oceans. The project will enable the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) to continue to support the implementation of a CBD Decision on marine and coastal biological diversity and the progress towards Aichi Target 11 (conservation of coastal and marine areas). The GOBI Secretariat enables a worldwide cooperation between GOBI partners, states parties, and intergovernmental organizations and can provide area specific measures for marine and coastal protection. The GOBI Secretariat supports 6 different activities that base on EBSA data and pick up different aspects of environmental protection. The coordinated approach promotes experience and know how on how to use EBSAS. 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 and coastal conservation.
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.