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Regional Training Workshop: 20 - 24 February 2017 - San José, Costa Rica

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity‑Building Workshop was held from 20 to 24 February 2017, in San José, Costa Rica.

The workshop was convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and various other partners, including the Cartagena Convention Secretariat and UNEP's  Caribbean Environment Programme, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, the North East Pacific Regional Seas Programme, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission and other relevant regional and international organizations and initiatives.

The organization of this workshop was financially supported by the Government of Japan, through the Japan Biodiversity Fund, and the Government of France, through the French MPA Agency (Agence des aires marines protégées).

The workshop enhanced the capacity of countries in the region to conserve and sustainably use marine and coastal biodiversity in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals. It focused on experiences and approaches in the region to support integrated marine and coastal area management toward achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in particular Targets 6, 10 and 11, in a holistic manner, including through the use of scientific and technical tools such as the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments, and marine spatial planning. It facilitated cross-sectoral, multi-agency scientific, technical and financial partnerships to support the effective implementation of various management tools and approaches.

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative is a global platform that aims to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets in marine and coastal areas. Its implementation is being coordinated by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with various SOI partners. SOI was created to respond to the urgent need for training and capacity-building of developing country Parties with regard to marine conservation and management, pursuant to decisions X/29, XI/17, XI/18, XII/22 and XII/23.

Further details about the SOI workshop can be found at: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SOIWS-2017-01