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Secretariat of the Agreement on the
Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas, (UNEP/ASCOBANS)


To protect small whales, dolphins and porpoises, the regional legally-binding Agreement ASCOBANS was concluded under the umbrella of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Its Conservation and Management Plan oblige s Parties to engage in habitat conservation and management, surveys and research, pollution mitigation and public information. To achieve its aim, ASCOBANS cooperates with Range States that have not (yet) acceded to the Agreement, intergovernmental organizations dealing with the marine environment and fisheries, and non-governmental organizations. Current priorities include reducing bycatch and underwater noise, and understanding the impacts of emerging issues such as tidal and w ave energy, as well as the cumulative effects on small cetaceans of all the human pressures on the marine en vironment. In a collaborative manner, ASCOBANS works to develop and agree solutions and mitigation strategies. ASCOBANS supports the SDGs related to the protection of marine ecosystems, but also in terms of education and international collaboration of its Parties.

(Source: UN Bonn Information)

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