Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs). Special places in the world’s oceans

Volume 1: Western South Pacific Region

CBD - Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
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Areas described as meeting the EBSA criteria at the CBD Western South Pacific Regional Workshop in Nadi, Fiji, 22 to 25 November 2011


 “Activities related to ecologically or biologically significant marine áreas (or EBSAs) have been an important part of the CBD’s programme of work on marine and coastal biodiversity since 2008. This work has significantly contributed to global, regional and national efforts to expand scientific knowledge on marine biodiversity and improve conservation and sustainable use in support of the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in marine and coastal areas. The CBD’s work on EBSAs began with the development of the EBSA criteria, which were adopted in 2008 at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD. At this meeting, the COP urged Parties, and invited other Governments and relevant organizations to apply, as appropriate, the EBSA criteria to identify ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, with a view to assist the relevant processes within the United Nations General Assembly and further enhance conservation and management measures, in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

At its tenth meeting, in 2010, COP requested the CBD Secretariat to convene a series of regional workshops to facilitate the description of EBSAs. Since then, the CBD Secretariat has embarked on a remarkable collaborative effort, working with many global, regional and national partners around the world, to describe areas meeting the CBD’s scientific criteria for EBSAs (decision XI/20, annex 1) through a series of regional EBSA workshops that started in the Western South Pacific region in November 2011. The regional EBSA workshop process has facilitated the sharing of scientific information and the networking of experts across disciplines at the regional scale, and has enhanced collaboration between various initiatives for marine conservation and sustainable use by providing a global platform for scientific assessment of the ecological or biological significance of marine areas.

The reports of the regional EBSA workshops are the product of expert scientific discussions, and therefore, often contain very detailed and technical descriptions of various features of the marine ecosystems and species. This booklet, which was produced with the kind support of the Government of Germany, is part of a series of booklets that aims to presente”. Fonte: CDB