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Marine and coastal biodiversity discussed during a workshop

The coordinator of the Transatlantic MPA project, Ms. Maria Purificació Canals Ventín, participated in the thematic workshop on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework held within the ‘2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting: Charting the Course for a Sustainable Future for the Ocean’. The event took place in Montreal, Canada, from 13 till 15 November 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to deliver concrete proposals to be considered in the post-2020 framework regarding oceans.

Ms. Canals Ventín, who is also in charge with the MPA Networks twinning of the Transatlantic MPA project was present during a joint session, Chaired by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean. The aim of the session was to find synergies between the SDG14, the 2020 UN Ocean Conference and the CBD Marine Post 2020.

During the workshop on marine and coastal biodiversity breakout sessions were organised to discuss different topics such as the exploitation of marine living resources, marine pollution, important marine ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, threatened, endangered and declining species. The Transatlantic MPA project coordinator facilitated the session discussions on “Area-based planning and conservation measures”. This was a good opportunity to share with other participants the on-line contributions of the MPA networks twinning project partners.

Before the thematic discussions, there were a series of plenary presentations on topics of interest for ocean conservation as well as on the current status and trends in marine and coastal biodiversity.