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1. Putting the Ocean Under Review

In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, heads of state who gathered in Johannesburg decided to put the ocean under permanent review. The UN’s shorthand name for the project—“Regular Process”—emphasizes the importance of conducting this assessment regularly, with an initial plan of an ocean review every 5 years. (more here)

2. Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services

Human-dominated marine ecosystems are experiencing accelerating loss of populations and species, with largely unknown consequences. We analyzed local experiments, long-term regional time series, and global fisheries data to test how biodiversity loss affects marine ecosystem services across temporal and spatial scales. Overall, rates of resource collapse increased and recovery potential, stability, and water quality decreased exponentially with declining diversity. Restoration of biodiversity, in contrast, increased productivity fourfold and decreased variability by 21%, on average. We conclude that marine biodiversity loss is increasingly impairing the ocean's capacity to provide food, maintain water quality, and recover from perturbations. Yet available data suggest that at this point, these trends are still reversible. (more here)

3. Report on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects

Letter dated 13 July 2011 from the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole addressed to the President of the General Assembly A/66/189 

 4. Guidelines for Workshops to Assist the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects, prepared by the Group of Experts ( Download )

5. Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process meeting of April 2012 ( Download )

 

Information Received from Participants

  • Economic assessment of policy measures for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Download)
  • Effective Marine Spatial Planning and Marine and Coastal Nature Protection Policy (Download)
  • Information to be provided by participants in advance of the workshop (Download)
  • Review of regional research governance frameworks for the purpose of future articulation of maritime governance at the EU level (Download)

 

1) Approved Outline for the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects (Download)

2) Analysis of existing marine assessments in Europe (North East Atlantic, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea) (Download) and Annex (Download)