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12-19 Nov: IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC)
  • :2014-11-12 To 2014-11-19
  • :Sydney, Australia
  • : Participated by ICSF

One of the focus areas of this WPC is on marine and coastal protected areas. The stream sessions on enhancing diversity and quality of governance, respecting indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture, and supporting human life have a specific focus on marine and coastal protected areas.

6-17 Oct: 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • :2014-10-06 To 2014-10-17
  • :Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
  • : Participated by ICSF

The meeting will address the programme of work on marine coastal biodiversity, with specific reference to traditional knowledge in ecologically or biologically sensitive areas (EBSAs) and on marine spatial planning.

21-25 Sep: 2nd World Small-scale Fisheries Congress
  • :2014-09-21 To 2014-09-25
  • :Merida, Mexico
  • : Participated by ICSF

The congress’ main theme is “Options and Opportunities for Small-scale Fisheries”, with the following sub-themes: economic viability; livelihoods and well-being; ecosystem stewardship; rights and access; governance and governability; food security; and assessment and monitoring.

20-24 May: Technical Consultation on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
  • :2013-05-20 To 2013-05-24
  • Technical Consultation on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) to negotiate the final text of the SSF Guidelines to be presented for approval to the 31st Session of the Committee on Fisheries.

15-17 May: Global Dialogue Forum for the Promotion of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188).
  • :2013-05-15 To 2013-05-17
  • :Geneva

The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss challenges in the Convention’s implementation,to evaluate how it can be used as a tool to address major issues in the sector, to share good
practices and experiences, to report and review promotional activities, and to provide an update on the status of national efforts to implement and ratify Convention No. 188.

15-17 May: Global Dialogue Forum for the Promotion of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188).
  • :2013-05-15 To 2013-05-17
  • :Geneva

The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss challenges in the Convention’s implementation,to evaluate how it can be used as a tool to address major issues in the sector, to share good
practices and experiences, to report and review promotional activities, and to provide an update on the status of national efforts to implement and ratify Convention No. 188.

22-24 Apr: FAO/NEPAD workshop on climate change, disasters and crises in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Southern and Eastern Africa
  • :2013-04-22 To 2013-04-24
  • :Maputo, Mozambique

The NEPAD-FAO Fish Programme (NFFP) and the Smartfish Programme are jointly organizing a regional workshop on climate change, disasters and crises in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Southern and Eastern Africa. The objective of the workshop is to establish the current baseline regarding the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture activities and policies, and vice versa, and to coordinate activities, identify gaps, and priority actions to be supported by the NFFP and other partners.

1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference
  • :2013-02-26 To 2013-02-28
  • :Lyon, France,

1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference, followed by a Fisheries Crime Working Group meeting. High-level Chiefs in the field of fisheries law enforcement are invited to join together with the aim of sharing expertise and strategies to prevent and combat fisheries crime.
The objectives of the conference are the following:
Launch Project SCALE, an INTERPOL initiative to detect, combat and suppress fisheries crime, designed to improve the exchange of fisheries enforcement information and intelligence between countries;
Establish a permanent INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group, with the role of providing recommendations to ensure international cooperation between INTERPOL National Central Bureaus and national fisheries enforcement authorities in the reduction of fisheries crime;
Raise national and international awareness on the negative impacts of fisheries crime on our seas and oceans; and
Share expertise and provide recommendations on establishing suitable tools that will assist countries where fisheries law enforcement is lacking.

25 Feb - 1 Mar: North Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs
  • :2013-02-25 To 2013-03-01
  • :Moscow
  • : Participated by ICSF

In decision X/29, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity requested the Executive Secretary to organize a series of regional workshops, with a
primary objective to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine
areas through application of scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20 as well as other relevant compatible and complementary nationally and intergovernmentally agreed scientific
criteria, as well as the scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction, which meet the scientific criteria in annex I to decision IX/20.

4- 8 Feb: Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa
  • :2013-02-04 To 2013-02-08
  • :Senegal
  • : Participated by ICSF

As part of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative, the Secretariat is convening, with the financial support
from the Government of Japan through the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the Sustainable Ocean Initiative
Capacity-building Workshop in West Africa, from 14 to 18 January 2013, in Senegal. The workshop will
showcase regional experiences focusing on West Africa. It will specifically cover: (i) ecologically or
biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), and (ii) integrated marine and coastal area management
toward achieving targets 6 and 11 in a holistic manner. The workshop will be implemented in
collaboration with various partners, including interested Parties, relevant UN-Ocean members, the Global
Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, and relevant regional organizations and initiatives. Training materials will
be forwarded to the selected experts and posted on the CBD website in due course. T