The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets meeting aims to:
- Facilitate dialogue to exchange experiences and to identify options and opportunities to enhance cross-sectoral collaboration among RFBs and RSOs, with a view to supporting their kez role in facilitating achievement of the Aichi Targets and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals
- Raise awareness on current ongoing global and regional initiatives in relation to fisheries management and marine biodiversity (e.g., use of scientific information related to EBSAs/VMEs and/or impacts on marine biodiversity and living resources, marine spatial planning, impact assessments, the ecosystem approach to fisheries) and will provide a forum to discuss specific tools and guidelines that will enhance science-base d, cross-sectoral and ecosystem-based approaches for addressing biodiversity and fisheries issues.
The goal of the meeting is to explore opportunities for strengthening collaboration at the regional scale to accelerate progress towards the Achi Biodiversity Targets, in particular targets 6, 10 and 11, and relevant Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 14.
Specific objectives of the meeting are:
- To enhance sharing of scientific information between regional seas organizations and regionalfisheries bodies, such as information related to ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) and vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs), as well as the information in the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, regionally owned data/information, and/or information regarding impacts on marine biodiversity and living resources;
- To exchange experiences and expertise in regionally applying available tools and approaches in the conservation and sustainable use of marine living resources and ecosystems (e.g., ecosystemapproaches, impact assessments, area-based management tools);
- To exchange knowledge and experiences on the devel opment and application of regional-scale indicators in support of the objectives of the respective regional organizations/bodies, which can provide inputs to measuring progress in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals;
- To identify lessons learned regarding ways of coope ration between regional seas organizations (RSOs) and regional fisheries bodies (RFBs), including sharing successful examples where national-level cross-sectoral cooperation has led to regional level cross-sectoral cooperation andvice versa