From 10-13 April 2018, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) of the Secretariat of the CBD organized the 2nd Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Building on the draft summary of the Seoul Outcome Plus +2, participants worked together to elaborate elements of a roadmap for enhancing regional-scale dialogue, partnerships, cooperation and collaboration around marine management and fisheries. Findings included that many Regional Fishery Bodies activities may already support Aichi Targets and SDGs, but have not been through an alignment process, and intersessional work, facilitated by the CBD, could further communication and cooperation at regional levels. 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.
Highlights and findings of the event can be found on the IISD reporting service website.
Jihyun Lee, CBD, and Co-chairs Dixon Waruinge, Nairobi Convention and Stefán Ásmundsson, Government of Iceland