IUCN WCPA High Seas Specialist Group
Overview and description
The High Seas Specialist Groups works on building capacity and knowledge, as well as supporting new technologies, for identifying, establishing, managing and monitoring marine protected area networks ...The High Seas Specialist Groups works on building capacity and knowledge, as well as supporting new technologies, for identifying, establishing, managing and monitoring marine protected area networks and wider systems of area-based management tools in the 64% of the ocean beyond national boundaries.
Ms Kristina GJERDE
Prof Patrick HALPIN
Ms Emily STOKES
States are in the final stages of negotiating a new United Nations agreement for marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). A key objective of the BBNJ Agreement is to advance cooperation and coordination in the use of area-based management tools (ABMTs) including marine protected areas (MPAs) to advance conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).
Goal 1: Accelerate the scientific, technical and technological basis for advancing potential MPA candidate sites as well as designing coherent networks, with an initial focus on individual candidates and/or regions
Goal 2: Develop draft implementation guides and frameworks for managing high seas MPAs, building on knowledge and experience from Large MPA managers and others
Goal 3: Expand and engage the WCPA High Seas specialist group to bolster networking and collaboration
Goal 4: Advance IUCN WCC resolution 128 on “Acting for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the ocean beyond national jurisdiction” by providing technical support including a strategy for early implementation of the BBNJ Agreement regarding MPAs and other area-based management tools
Goal 5: Coordinate and collaborate with other IUCN WCPA specialist groups on marine connectivity, important marine mammal sites, transboundary conservation, large ocean MPAs and beyond.