Seamounts project

19 October 2012 | Project description

The IUCN Global and Marine Programme is coordinating a UNDP / GEF-funded mid-size project started in January 2009.The project’s objective is to apply an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management for biologically and globally significant and commercially important areas beyond national jurisdiction in the Southern Indian Ocean, focusing on seamounts, with a long-term aim to demonstrate innovative approaches to improving conservation and management of unique biodiversity and ecological resources in the high seas.

The four anticipated project outcomes include: improved scientific understanding and capacity for monitoring, assessment and analysis of high seas biodiversity and fisheries; enhanced governance frameworks for high seas resource conservation and management measures applicable to high seas areas in the Southern Indian Ocean; and learning, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

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