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Abidjan, 1 August 2018 - The Abidjan Convention, through its Executive Secretary Mr. Abou Bamba, has been invited to join the Advisory Board of STRONG High Seas (Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas). The Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention said he was very honoured by the trust placed in the Convention in the framework of this project. This is certainly an important step for the Abidjan Convention in fulfilling its mandate of "protecting, conserving and developing the Abidjan Convention Area and its resources for the benefit and well-being of its inhabitants. "The STRONG High Seas project is a five-year project funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) with the aim to strengthen regional ocean governance for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). STRONG High Seas is coordinated by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and implemented together with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), BirdLife International, the International Ocean Institute (IOI) – Southern Africa, the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), WWF Colombia, WWF Germany along with the Secretariat of the Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur (CPPS; Permanent Commission for the South Pacific) and the Secretariat of the West and Central Africa Regional Seas Programme (Abidjan Convention).

The Advisory Board will bring together senior experts and high-level decision makers from international and regional organisations, science and civil society. The members will meet annually to advise the STRONG High Seas project on key issues related to the conservation and sustainable use of the High Seas and the development of the project. The Advisory Board will provide strategic advice on the positioning of the STRONG High Seas project in the two focal regions and as a contribution to relevant global ocean governance processes. The members of the Advisory Board are also expected to help with forging linkages to other relevant fora and actors.

Ocean governance is of major importance for States Parties to the Abidjan Convention. This interest is reflected in the Decision - CP 11/4 on the Governance of Oceans adopted at the 11th Conference of the Parties (CoP11) which urges the Abidjan Convention Secretariat to recognize the need for an integrated approach guaranteeing coherence between the different sectorial strategies and taking their impact on the ecosystems into account. This decision also invites the Contracting Parties to ensure better coordination with other regional institutions, such as the Regional Network of Protected Marine Areas in West Africa and donors in order to ensure greater synergy in actions and use of resources. Read in French