Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Mr. Oliver Hillel
Programme Officer-Tourism and Islands SCBD
CBD Secretariat
Montreal, Canada
+1 514 287 7009

Ms. Xenia von Lilien
Programme Officer CEB Secretariat
DC2, 6th Floor NY
+1 212-963-4988

Ms. Cheryl Stafford
Programme Officer CEB Secretariat
DC2, 6th Floor
+1 917-367-3116
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We recognize that an integrated ecosystem approach to ocean-related activities is needed to optimize opportunities. It should be based on the best available science, give due regard to conservation efforts and precautionary approaches and ensure coherence and balance among the three dimensions of sustainable development.
SCBD: Achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2015-2020

UNEP: Regional Seas Programme (by 2016)

SCBD facilitates partnerships and action by States in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
58 (a)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To promote and support national, subregional and regional efforts to assess, conserve, protect, manage and sustainably use the oceans, seas and their resources by supporting research and the implementation of strategies on coastal zone management and ecosystem-based management, including for fisheries management, and enhancing national legal and institutional frameworks for the exploration and sustainable use of living and non-living resources;
SCBD: SOI Action Plan 2015 – 2020 including capacity building activities; Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) regional workshops; Additional regional workshops will be held in 2015 for (i) the North-west Indian Ocean and (ii) the Bay of Bengal; Marine spatial planning approaches.
58 (e)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To undertake urgent action to protect coral reefs and other vulnerable marine ecosystems through the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated approaches for the management and the enhancement of their resilience to withstand pressures, including from ocean acidification and invasive species, and by drawing on measures such as those identified in the Framework for Action 2013 of the International Coral Reef Initiative;
SCBD: Capacity building workshops and information-sharing mechanism SCBD: Facilitate global and regional cooperation to support implementation of Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems
58 (n)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To enhance local, national, regional and global cooperation to address the causes of ocean acidification and to further study and minimize its impacts, including through information-sharing, regional workshops, the integration of scientists from small island developing States into international research teams, steps to make marine ecosystems more resilient to the impacts of ocean acidification and the possible development of a strategy for all small island developing States on ocean acidification;
CBD Technical Series No. 75 launched at CBD COP 12.
58 (o)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To conserve by 2020 at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas in small island developing States, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and for ecosystem services, through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures in order to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss in the marine environment;
SCBD: SOI Action Plan 2015 – 2020 including capacity building activities; Additional regional workshops to will be held in 2015 for (i) the North-west Indian Ocean and (ii) the Bay of Bengal.
We agree to promote international cooperation and partnerships, as appropriate, and information exchange, and in this context we welcome the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, 2011-2020, for the purpose of encouraging the active involvement of all stakeholders in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as their access to and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, with the vision of living in harmony with nature.
Name of Partnership
Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
Participating Governments: 9 island nations and territories—The Bahamas, The Br...
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
United Kingdom United States of America Germany European Union France Italy ...
Partners: Governments Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral ...
The International Coral Reef Initiative
Member countries: Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cub...
Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC)
Comoros, France-Réunion, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, T...
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