Cremers, K., Wright, G., Rochette, J. (2020). Options for Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Human Activities in the Southeast Pacific Region”, STRONG High Seas Project.
As part of the STRONG High Seas project, IDDRI, together with the Secretariat of the CPPS, organised an expert workshop on “Strengthening Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) in the Southeast Pacific” (14-15 November 2019, CPPS headquarters, Guayaquil, Ecuador). The workshop provided a space for informal exchange and discussion on MCS in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in the Southeast Pacific region, including identifying legal, institutional and technological challenges, sharing success stories, and highlighting needs. Participants also identified proposals for strengthening MCS in the Southeast Pacific. These issues were further discussed with regional stakeholders at a STRONG High Seas Dialogue Workshop (26- 27 February 2020, Lima, Peru).
The report provides three concrete proposals to strengthen MCS in the Southeast Pacific:
- Improve communication, cooperation and coordination on MCS within and between CPPS States, as well as between regional and sectoral bodies.
- Establish an effective joint data-based MCS strategy which includes a regional information exchange platform and capacity-building workshops for decision-makers as well as compliance officers on the ground.
- Ensure an appropriate penalty system is in place, including: effective sanctions; prompt intervention when suspected illegal activities occur; and a requirement to develop a MCS strategy when designating an area-based management tool including marine protected areas.