Highlights and images for 13 April 2018


On Friday morning, 17 organizations participated in the Partnership Networking Café. This unique networking event provided space to: share experiences and expertise in an informal setting; identify opportunities for future collaborations; and foster dialogue among RSOs and RFBs.

Jihyun Lee, CBD, presented the draft summary of the Seoul Outcome Plus +2, inviting feedback over the coming week. She applauded participants’ willingness to dive into more concrete issues over the course of the meeting as a way to further enhance cross-sectoral collaboration at the regional scale.

Key points of the draft Outcome include, inter alia:

  • although regions may vary in their political, economic, geographic, social and environmental characteristics, their experiences and lessons may still be transferable and applicable to other regions;
  • the lack of adequate financial and human resources hinders expansion of cross-sectoral regional collaborative activities;
  • cross-sectoral cooperation can enhance: application of the ecosystem approach/ecosystem-based management; effectiveness of area-based management tools; preventing, reducing and mitigating the impacts of pollution, including marine debris; and monitoring and data/information sharing;
  • many regional organizations are in process of integrating approaches and activities with a broader ecosystem focus, subject to respective mandates;
  • participants appreciate the exchange of experiences, progress, challenges, practices and knowledge;
  • development of roadmap elements elucidates possible ways and means to put the “Seoul Outcomes” into concrete practice; and
  • participants requested the CBD Secretariat, UNEP and FAO to help engage financial and technical partnerships with interested donors.

Before the close of the meeting, several participants joined Co-Chairs Stefán Ásmundsson and Dixon Waruinge in expressing gratitude to the meeting’s organizers and funders, noting overall satisfaction with the 2nd SOI Global Dialogue.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage and a summary report from the 2nd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies on Accelerating Progress Toward the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. Our summary report is available in HTML or PDF format.

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Partnership Networking Café

Participants prepare at the venue

Materials at the venue

Bradley Ammon Wiley IATTC; Kristina Gjerde, Sargasso Sea Commission; and Connie Donato-Hunt, SPC

Connie Donato-Hunt, SPC, and Rachael Scrimgeour, UNEP-WCMC

Participants at the venue

Participants at the venue

Hyeseon Do, EAAFP; Youngdawng Moh, MABIK; and Eunoak Kim, MABIK

Ning Liu, NOWPAP, and Young Nam Kim, Korea Management Corporation (KOEM)

Participants at the venue

Minshil Lee, EAAFP

Co-chair Dixon Waruinge, Nairobi Convention, and Mathias Igulu, WIOMSA

Edward Kleverlaan, and Takehiro Nakamura, UNEP

Joyce Leslie, WECAFC, and Marie-May Muzungaile, Seychelles

Abou Bamba, Abidjan Convention, and Rachael Scrimgeour, UNEP-WCMC

Closing Plenary

Participants pose with copies of the draft Seoul Outcome Plus +2 at the conclusion of the 2nd SOI Global Dialogue

L-R: Changsung Lim, Joseph Appiott, and Jihyun Lee, CBD; and Co-chairs Stefán Ásmundsson, Government of Iceland, and Dixon Waruinge, Nairobi Convention

A participant reads a copy of the draft outcome

A view of the conference room

Participants from Korean organizations are thanked

Rajdeep Mukherjee, BOBP-IGO

Around the venue

Support staff at the venue

The IISD/ENB+ team, L-R: Tasha Goldberg, USA; Teya Penniman, USA; and Natalia Mroz, Australia.