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Side Event #3017


Date Thursday
2018.11.22 @ 13:15
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Room Citadel - CEE Room
Building 1
Capacity: 70 people
Conference COP 14 / CP-COP-MOP 9 / NP-COP-MOP 3
Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Generating marine data and services to support decision-making in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean
UNEP-WCMC | SPA/RAC | RAED | Deltares |
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


The Conference of the Parties has recognised the importance of capacity-building and partnership activities, including those being accomplished through the Sustainable Ocean initiative (decision XIII/9), which held a Capacity-Building Workshop for Northern Africa and the Mediterranean in Morocco in October 2018. Relevant to these efforts, the four-year Horizon 2020 project ‘ODYSSEA’ (Operating a Network of Integrated Observatory Systems in the Mediterranean Sea) was launched in 2017 with the mandate to set up an interoperable and user-driven platform that integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin. Drawing from existing oceanographic data and new in situ monitoring observatories, the project seeks to design tailored, user-driven products and services that can inform sustainable management of, and ‘blue growth’ within, the Mediterranean Sea, while preserving biodiversity and ecosystem health. A key objective of the project is to enhance capacity in North African countries in close collaboration with governmental, non-governmental and business focal points, focusing on increasing access to and use of required data and services.

This consultative event will showcase activities in North African and eastern Mediterranean countries as well as partnerships across the region that are being facilitated by the ODYSSEA project. This includes new observatories for in situ monitoring, which will strengthen access to data and information that is needed by governmental organisations and businesses for informed decision-making in the region. These new observatories contribute to a wider integrated network of observatories that ODYSSEA is establishing across the entire Mediterranean Sea. With the ODYSSEA Platform, which will collate data from the new observatories with existing oceanographic data, the project seeks to complement andsupport existing information systems, like SPA/RAC’s Mediterranean Biodiversity Platform, and to link in with EU-level initiatives, such as Copernicus and EMODnet. New spatial data on marine and coastal biodiversity for the Mediterranean Sea could support the implementation of CBD initiatives for the post-2020 agenda in the region, including the identification of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) (decision XIII/12). Moreover, ODYSSEA aims to support in-country monitoring programmes toward Good Environmental Status of the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the implementation of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) of the UN Environment Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), in accordance with the Barcelona Convention.

The session will conclude with a consultative discussion to seek recommendations on how ODYSSEA could support national decision making and monitoring priorities, in particular in North African countries. Specifically, we are  eeking opportunities to collaborate with governmental, non-governmental and business focal points to design and adapt data and services according to needs.

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