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Abidjan - The Abidjan Convention as part of the UN Environment is discussing ways of cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) based in Potsdam on a project on Governance of the High Seas (STRONG).


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This cooperation will be marked by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate collaboration between the Parties, on a non-exclusive basis, in areas of common concern and interest. The STRONG High Seas project will facilitate the development of comprehensive, cross-sectoral approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdictions (ABNJ) in the Southeast Atlantic and the Southeast Pacific.

For the implementation of the STRONG High Seas project, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat, as the regional partner organization for the Southeast Atlantic region, is asked to provide the main point of contact for national governments and other regional ocean conservation organizations in West, Central and Southern Africa. This will contribute technical expertise to the project, help facilitate the organization and implementation of regional workshops and other regional activities as well as facilitating the integration of the project results in developing and implementing cross-sectoral regional governance approaches.

Building on the interest of both regions and global political momentum, it will identify best practices and provide support to regional institutions and national authorities in the implementation of existing regional instruments and the development of new approaches.  To this end, the project will advance technical and scientific cooperation and propose ABNJ measures at the regional scale. In addition, this project will develop possible options for regional governance in a future international instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and transfer lessons learned at regional level to the global level to promote ocean governance at different scales. The IASS will coordinate the project and implement it together with six partners based in Europe, South America, and Africa, including the Abidjan Convention Secretariat. The STRONG High Seas project will last 3 years.