ABNJ contain marine resources and biodiversity of immense ecological, socioeconomic and cultural importance. The ocean nourishes life in the sea and on land and acts as a heat and carbon sink and provides habitat shelters not only commercial fisheries but also species of significant scientific, cultural and spiritual value.
The STRONG High Seas project is currently conducting a socio-economic study of the benefits of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond National Jurisdiction to the Abidjan Convention Region. This page will be updated with the results soon.
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What are the main ecosystem services and non-exploitative activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction?
- Temperature regulation
- Climate regulation
- Oxygen generation
- Science and exploration
What are the main economic resources and activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction?
- Oil and Gas
- Deep Sea Mining
- Mineral Deposits - including rare earth elements
- Sulphites - associated with Hydrothermal vents
- Fibre Optic Cables - about 97% of global telecommunications rely on deepsea fiber optic cables
- Maritime transport - approximately 90& of world's goods are transported by sea
- Marine genetic resources - including potential pharmaceutical products.