Highlights and images for 11 April 2018


On Wednesday, participants at the 2nd SOI Global Dialogue focused on sharing lessons learned and case studies in addressing critical challenges and opportunities in regional-scale cooperation, under the theme “unlocking the potential for transformational change towards sustainability.”

Participants spent much of the day in break-out groups, discussing how cross-sectoral cooperation, at the regional or sub-regional level might:

  • enhance the application of the ecosystem approach and ecosystem-based management;
  • strengthen the effectiveness of area-based management tools;
  • prevent, reduce or mitigate pollution impacts, including marine debris; and
  • strengthen monitoring and data/information sharing to support scientific assessment of status and trends of marine biodiversity and fisheries resources.

Morning presentations provided insights on: developing an ecosystem framework approach in the North Atlantic region; the need for regional assessments in the Sargasso Sea; benefits of regional marine spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region; and use of maritime safety tools, such as identification of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas, to advance protection of vulnerable areas.

In the afternoon, presentations covered: cross-sectoral data sharing and collaboration regarding the origin and composition of marine litter in the Pacific; legal instruments and incentives in the European Union to reduce marine litter; development of an ocean governance toolkit; and the use of “essential ocean variables” as a way to focus and standardize data collection efforts.

Some observations from the discussion groups made repeat appearances. On differences between RSOs and RFBs, participants highlighted disparate mandates for enforcement and management, and saw harmonizing data as an opportunity for enhanced collaboration. They also emphasized the need for capacity building and said that regional bodies could help build support for ecosystem-based approaches.

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Enhancing the application of the ecosystem approach/ecosystem-based management

Fred Kingston, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

Kristina Gjerde, Sargasso Sea Commission

Strengthening effectiveness of area-based management tools

Edward Kleverlaan

Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM)

Break-out discussion groups

Helen Davies, UNEP

Barbara Neumann, IASS; Alistair Graham, WWF-International; Yoshinobu Takei, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Co-chair Dixon Waruinge, Nairobi Convention

Carolina Hazin, BirdLife International

Barbara Neumann, IASS

Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles

Glen Wright, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations

Hyeseon Do, East Asian–Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Secretariat

Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles

Edward Kleverlaan

Connie Donato-Hunt, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

Co-Chair Stefán Ásmundsson, Government of Iceland

Joseph Appiott, CBD

Patrick Debels, Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem project, CLME+

Participants at the venue

Preventing, reducing and mitigating the impacts of pollution on marine biodiversity and fisheries resources

Matjaž Malgaj, European Commission

Kosi Latu, SPREP

Strengthening monitoring and data sharing in support of scientific assessment

Nic Bax, Global Ocean Observing System

Wojciech Wawrzynski, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Break-out discussion groups



Alastair Macfarlane, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (SEAFIC)

Fred Kingston, NAFO

Around the venue

Bradley Ammon Wiley, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

Rajdeep Mukherjee, Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organization (BOBP-IGO) Secretariat


Negotiating blocs
European Union