Capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science, was the key topic at UNICPOLOS 11, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 21 – 25 June 2010.
Issues addressed included opportunities for capacity building in marine scientific research, fisheries and mapping. IUCN raised many practical suggestions for developing the capacity of developing countries for conserving marine life and resources, anddescribed many of its relevant activities.
The need to enhance cooperation to combat illegal fishing by providing support to the International Monitoring Control and Surveillance Network for fisheries related activities (www.imcsnet.org) was emphasized. Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is undermining sustainable fishing and costs developing and developed countries between US$ 10bn and 23.5 bn each year. The IMSC Network provides valuable services in regard to information-sharing, policy development and delivery of trainings, including in many African countries. Several delegations called for financial contributions to the IMCS Network. Announcement of a pledge to contribute $100,000 was made.
IUCN hosted a lunch-time side event on Monday 21 June on “Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to achieve ecosystem-based management: Capacity Building examples from The Nature Conservancy and through IUCN and the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)”. [see abstracts and individual presentations]. Presentations from the Nature Conservancy, IUCN, The Census of Marine Life and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre identified opportunities for capacity building both within coastal areas and in the open ocean and deep sea.
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