United Nations
Marine Biodiversity Hub
by University of Tasmania (Academic institution)
Research for understanding and managing Australia's oceans and temperate marine environments.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
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
December 2017
The threatened species theme will deliver new approaches to precisely estimate the size, movement, breeding success and survival of rare and endangered marine species using a combination of close kin genetics and telemetry. Population estimates for white shark, grey nurse shark and Northern river sharks will be the first deliverables.]
December 2017
The marine plastics project is identifying the main pathways that marine debris enters the marine environment in Australia and the chokepoints where improved management could reduce the input of marine plastics. The initial focus is Australia, but the relevance will be global
June 2021
The ecosystem understanding theme will deliver tested standard operating procedures for monitoring marine biodiversity from shallow to deep water, with a focus on marine protected areas, including deep sea coral communities. These standard operating procedures include sampling design, technologies and analysis. Final manuals will be made available to the international community online and through IOC-UNESCO Global Ocean Observing System and GEOBON - Initial phase completed in December 2017
June 2021
The pressures theme is collating pressures on the marine environment nationally and globally, including shipping, fishing, oil & gas, noise and climate, and their intersection with areas identified as being of particular importance. This informs the developing interest in identifying the risks to, and management of, areas including Australias Key Ecological Features and the CBDs Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) - ongoing
Financing (in USD)
31,200,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Scientific research expertise consisting of over 100 researchers
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2015 - June 2021
University of Tasmania (academic institution); Australian Institute of Marine Science (government); Charles Darwin University (academic institution); CSIRO (government); Geoscience Australia (government); Integrated Marine Observing System (partnership); Museums Victoria (government); NSW Department of Primary Industries (government); NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (government); University of Western Australia (academic institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • Indian Ocean
  • South Pacific
  • Southern Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Expertise and capacity built through the Marine Biodiversity Hub is being applied to support sustainable development in the South Pacific and Coral Triangle, biodiversity management globally through the CBD, and monitoring globally through the IOC-UNESCO
Contact information
Annabel Ozimec, Projects Officer, Marine Biodiversity Hub, Annabel.ozimec@csiro.au, +61 3 6232 5222
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