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Workshop on Capacity Building for Blue Growth and Food Security

Capacity Development to Improve the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Needs, Experiences, Options, and Opportunities, will examine the requisite capacity development regarding areas beyond national jurisdiction and linkages to national ocean management in Exclusive Economic Zones, to achieve sustainable development and to preserve and properly manage ocean areas in the ABNJ (comprising 64% of the world’s oceans), within the context of Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement, the Samoa Pathway, and the UN process to develop a legally-binding instrument on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Organized the Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Grenada, and the University of Delaware, with financial support from the Global Environment Facility and the project partners of the GEF/FAO/GOF project on strengthening capacity to effectively manage ABNJ

Biliana Cicin-Sain

Director, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy Professor of Marine Policy, School of Marine Science and Policy College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain (PhD in political science, UCLA, postdoctoral training, Harvard University) is Director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy and Professor of Marine Policy at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).  She is a world leader in the field of integrated coastal and ocean governance and has forged international collaboration among all sectors of the international oceans community to advance the global oceans agenda.

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Days, 3, 4, 5, May 16, 17, and 18. The Main Conference:

Day 7, May 19th

  • SESSION 1. Opening session: the context of new developments in Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the international framework.
  • SESSION 2.  The evolution of capacity development on oceans.
  • SESSION 3.  Capacity development and technology transfer in ABNJ challenges and forthcoming decisions.
  • SESSION 4.  Capacity development and technology transfer in ABNJ general considerations.

Day 8, May 20th

  • SESSION 5.  Capacity development and technology transfer in ABNJ-- regional considerations.
  • SESSION 6.  Capacity development and technology transfer in ABNJ:  what possible modalities for area-based management in ABNJ?
  • SESSION 7.  Breakout discussions by region.
  • SESSION 8.  Workshop conclusion and closing session:  towards enhancing capacity development regarding area-based management in ABNJ:  next steps on options and opportunities.

Day 9, May 21st

:

  • Meeting of the Community of Practice on Fisheries, Biodiversity, and Climate Change (with special focus on the outcomes of the oceans and climate initiatives at the UNFCCC COP21)
  • Meeting of the Community of Practice on Multi-Sector Area-Based Planning
  • Meeting of the ABNJ Public Outreach Network

"Preservation, protection and restoration of marine ecosystems are neededto develop ecosystem-based management for long-term sustainability of these critical resources."

Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of the Global Ocean Forum