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Deep Sea Conservation
by Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Working with the approximately 70 civil society member organizations of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, as well as with scientists, government officials, academics, industries and others worldwide to achieve the conservation and protection of deep-ocean species and ecosystems from the harmful effects of deep-sea fisheries, seabed mining and impacts of other human activities, including climate change, through the following mechanisms and activities:
* Providing political, legal, policy and technical advice to policy-makers, regulators and other interested parties on issues of importance for the conservation and protection of deep-sea ecosystems;
* Mobilizing civil society organizations to engage with policy-makers on initiatives for the better conservation and protection of deep-sea ecosystems and strengthening international oceans governance;
* Following-up with states and international regulatory bodies, through advocacy and participation in the meetings of such bodies, on the implementation of key conservation commitments such as those established in UN General Assembly resolutions for the protection of deep-sea ecosystems from the harmful impacts of destructive fishing practices;
* Providing independent evaluation and review of the actions taken by states and multilateral regulatory bodies to implement political commitments and obligations under international law to protect the marine environment as required under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other instruments;
* Both informing deep-sea scientists of information needed by policy-makers and synthesizing relevant scientific information for use in providing advice to policy-makers and others on issues related to ocean conservation, including by facilitating the input and participation of deep-sea scientists in regulatory processes;
* Disseminating information of public interest to the media, through social media, through the DSCC website and other means to better educate and engage the public on issues and advocacy related to deep-sea conservation.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Implementing the ecosystem and precautionary approach to managing activities with an impact on deep-sea species and ecosystems
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
Work to ensure that seabed mining regulations currently under development by the International Seabed Authority provide effective protection of deep-sea species and ecosystems or else does not permit seabed mining to proceed
June 2020
Provide an independent review / report on the efficacy of actions taken by States and regional fisheries management organizations to regulate deep-sea fisheries to effectively implement UN General Assembly resolutions and international legal obligations in time for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) review of the issue in 2020 as called for in UNGA resolution 71/123
Work with States and Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to ensure that by 2020 all deep-sea species, ecosystems and areas are conserved and fully protected from significant adverse impacts caused by deep-sea fishing in areas beyond national jurisdiction - consistent with the commitments made by all States in UN General Assembly resolutions 61/105, 64/72, 66/68 & 71/123 and SDG 14.2
In-kind contribution
Financing (in USD)
300,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise in advocacy, science, policy, law, technical issues, public outreach and capacity building to achieve goals and objectives of the Coalition related to the conservation of the deep-sea and high seas
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2020
Over 70 organizations worldwide - see the membership at http://www.savethehighseas.org/aboutus/members.cfm - with a Steering Group consisting of the following organizations: Ecology Action Centre (NGO), Greenpeace International (NGO), Marine Conservation Institute (NGO), Natural Resources Defense Council (NGO), Pew Charitable Trusts (NGO), Seas At Risk (NGO), World Wide Fund For Nature/WWF International (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Matthew Gianni, Mr. , matthewgianni@gmail.com, +31646168899
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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