Exploring hybrid ocean governance in the high seas for the Sargasso Sea and the Thermal Dome

THE RESEARCH PROJECT

The ‘SARGADOM’ project focuses on two remarkable high seas sites – the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic (‘SARGA’) and the Thermal Dome in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (‘DOM’). The aim of the project is to contribute to the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to facilitate the development of hybrid ocean governance approaches for the two sites.

The Sargasso Sea and the Thermal Dome provide illustrative examples of the value of high seas ecosystems, as well as highlighting the barriers to their protection.

 
 
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CISOS24

Congress of Integration of Knowledge for a Sustainable Ocean, CISOS24 ahead of the Immersed in Change conference

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Immersed in Change conference

Several members of the SARGADOM project will attend the Immersed in Change conference (also called “pre-UNOC Conference”) in San José, Costa Rica from June 7 to 8, 2024 at the High Level event and the scientific conference from June 3 to 5.

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Palau Deposits First Instrument of Ratification of the BBNJ Agreement On 22 January 2024
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Palau Makes History as the First Country to Ratify the BBNJ Treaty

In a groundbreaking move towards global marine conservation, Palau has etched its name in history as the first country to ratify the BBNJ (Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction) Treaty. The small Pacific island nation has taken a bold step to safeguard the vast and vital areas of the world’s oceans that lie beyond national jurisdiction.

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  • Mar Viva has produced a guidance document for understanding the United Nations Treaty for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. 

The report is dedicated to spreading knowledge and improving understanding of what the BBNJ treaty entails, both for the general public and for government officials in charge of implementing it.

The report was written by Sonia Angélica Jurado Caicedo, the brilliant project lead for the Thermal Dome as part of the SARGADOM project! With a background in law and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, Sonia has been a driving force in the field of international affairs, environmental multilateralism, ocean governance, and sustainable development since 2016.

The report is available in English and Spanish on Mar Viva’s website!

#un #marinebiodiversity #sustainability #oceangovernance #environmentallaw #publication
  • The Scientific-Academic Forum: Congress of Integration of Knowledge for a Sustainable Ocean, CISOS24, will take place from June 3-6, just before the Immersed in Change conference to be held in Costa Rica on June 7th and 8th.

The objectives of the Congress are:
* Generate recommendations from the integration of academic and non-academic knowledge to ensure actions around ocean sustainability.
* To demonstrate scientific, technological, experiential and community management contributions, among others, in the fulfillment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
* Open a space for interaction to create synergies between diverse actors and views on the challenges of ocean sustainability in the next decade.
* Formulate prospective scenarios on the future of the ocean to contribute to action planning in line with the objectives of the decade of ocean sciences.
The event will be held at the Cora Ferro Calabrese Auditorium of the National University and other venues in public universities and coastal communities.

The organization will be in charge of the five public universities, Universidad de Costa Rica, Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica, Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) and the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica, UNA as the leader of the organization. With the collaboration of the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica and the French Embassy.
  • “Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species.

Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.”

This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 

🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare 

#deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
  • The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
  • Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
  • COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
Mar Viva has produced a guidance document for understanding the United Nations Treaty for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. 

The report is dedicated to spreading knowledge and improving understanding of what the BBNJ treaty entails, both for the general public and for government officials in charge of implementing it.

The report was written by Sonia Angélica Jurado Caicedo, the brilliant project lead for the Thermal Dome as part of the SARGADOM project! With a background in law and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, Sonia has been a driving force in the field of international affairs, environmental multilateralism, ocean governance, and sustainable development since 2016.

The report is available in English and Spanish on Mar Viva’s website!

#un #marinebiodiversity #sustainability #oceangovernance #environmentallaw #publication
Mar Viva has produced a guidance document for understanding the United Nations Treaty for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The report is dedicated to spreading knowledge and improving understanding of what the BBNJ treaty entails, both for the general public and for government officials in charge of implementing it. The report was written by Sonia Angélica Jurado Caicedo, the brilliant project lead for the Thermal Dome as part of the SARGADOM project! With a background in law and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia, Sonia has been a driving force in the field of international affairs, environmental multilateralism, ocean governance, and sustainable development since 2016. The report is available in English and Spanish on Mar Viva’s website! #un #marinebiodiversity #sustainability #oceangovernance #environmentallaw #publication
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The Scientific-Academic Forum: Congress of Integration of Knowledge for a Sustainable Ocean, CISOS24, will take place from June 3-6, just before the Immersed in Change conference to be held in Costa Rica on June 7th and 8th.

The objectives of the Congress are:
* Generate recommendations from the integration of academic and non-academic knowledge to ensure actions around ocean sustainability.
* To demonstrate scientific, technological, experiential and community management contributions, among others, in the fulfillment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
* Open a space for interaction to create synergies between diverse actors and views on the challenges of ocean sustainability in the next decade.
* Formulate prospective scenarios on the future of the ocean to contribute to action planning in line with the objectives of the decade of ocean sciences.
The event will be held at the Cora Ferro Calabrese Auditorium of the National University and other venues in public universities and coastal communities.

The organization will be in charge of the five public universities, Universidad de Costa Rica, Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica, Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) and the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica, UNA as the leader of the organization. With the collaboration of the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica and the French Embassy.
The Scientific-Academic Forum: Congress of Integration of Knowledge for a Sustainable Ocean, CISOS24, will take place from June 3-6, just before the Immersed in Change conference to be held in Costa Rica on June 7th and 8th. The objectives of the Congress are: * Generate recommendations from the integration of academic and non-academic knowledge to ensure actions around ocean sustainability. * To demonstrate scientific, technological, experiential and community management contributions, among others, in the fulfillment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. * Open a space for interaction to create synergies between diverse actors and views on the challenges of ocean sustainability in the next decade. * Formulate prospective scenarios on the future of the ocean to contribute to action planning in line with the objectives of the decade of ocean sciences.
The event will be held at the Cora Ferro Calabrese Auditorium of the National University and other venues in public universities and coastal communities. The organization will be in charge of the five public universities, Universidad de Costa Rica, Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Universidad Estatal a Distancia de Costa Rica, Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) and the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica, UNA as the leader of the organization. With the collaboration of the National Academy of Sciences of Costa Rica and the French Embassy.
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“Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species.

Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.”

This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 

🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare 

#deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
“Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species.

Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.”

This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 

🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare 

#deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
“Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species.

Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.”

This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 

🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare 

#deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
“Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species.

Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.”

This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 

🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare 

#deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
“Member States of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) met in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12 to 17 February 2024 to address issues of critical importance in response to the global #biodiversity crisis to safeguard the future of migratory species. Following very intense and controversial discussions throughout the whole week, the Convention parties agreed not to engage in deep-sea mining activities until sufficient and robust scientific information has been obtained to ensure that no harmful effects to migratory species, their prey and their ecosystems are caused.” This resolution, agreed by the 133 member states of the convention, could have far reaching consequences for deep sea mining. 🗒info via Ocean Care @oceancare_icare #deepseamining #cms #migratoryspeciesconservation #migratory #atlaticocean #pacificocean #sargadom #bbnj
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The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. 

Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty.

Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. 

The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj

📸 Image credit: UN photo
The #raceforratification is on for the high seas treaty! Earlier this week, Palau 🇵🇼 became the first nation to deposit an instrument of ratification for the treaty to the UN Secretary General. Ratification is the process by which states agree to be formally bound by the treaty, and it can take a while as it requires a decision by government, and can mean that domestic laws must be changed to comply with the treaty. Last week, Chile 🇨🇱 agreed to support the treaty domestically, but are yet to deposit their instrument if ratification. Chile is a great advocate for the ocean and the Chilean government has announced its desire for the Secretariat of the high seas treaty to sit in Chile. The SARGADOM project commends states for signing and ratifying the treaty, and hopes the required 60 ratifications can be reached swiftly so that implementation of the treaty can proceed without delay. #unoc #nice2025 #oceanconservation #highseas #highseastreaty #multilateralism #bbnj 📸 Image credit: UN photo
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Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
Happy new year! ✨💫⭐️ The #SARGADOM project wrapped up its second year in 2023. We are gearing up for many more exciting activities in 2024! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and visit our website for updates!
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COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
COP28 begins in Dubai, UAE today - under the UNFCCC, each party has agreed to “avoid dangerous climate change” and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ocean, and the high seas in particular, can play a huge role in climate change mitigation in the nature based solutions they provide. Keeping the Thermal Dome and the Sargasso Sea healthy means that these areas of the ocean can continue to support complex marine ecosystems that sequester huge amounts of carbon.
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PARTNERS

SARGADOM is the result of an international collaboration between research institutes, NGOs, marine area managers and public funders.

FUNDERS

Fonds français pour l’environnement mondial

French Biodiversity Agency

Global Environment Facility