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WCC 2020 Res 095 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Ministère des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération de Monaco / Monaco
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2021-2025 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Project Seahorse
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Field activities
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Project Seahorse launched two new field projects on seahorses with in-country colleagues. They plunged into the first dive research of Patagonian seahorses in Argentina, working to bolster an important marine protected area and investigated seahorse fisheries and trade the whole length of Peru to help the government tackle significant illegal trade in these fishes.

Led a big project to analyse how well policy agreements are actually working, using a case study of global trade regulation for marine fishes. Project Seahorse novel approach drove home the clear message that all the information and regulations in the world will make no difference unless they are being actively deployed in ways that affect the fish themselves. They had a notable breakthrough in November in our work with CITES, the global Convention that regulates wildlife trade. With our technical and management knowledge, we catalysed new formal agreements by 183 countries plus the European Union to act on illegal trade in seahorses.

Project Seahorse’s research and consultations underpin the Decisions agreed at CITES CoP19, which include new proposals submitted by several Parties (Maldives, Monaco, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Togo, the UK, and the US) and a renewed commitment to Decisions from CITES CoP18. https://projectseahorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/2022_PS_AnnualReport.pdf We engaged more deeply in constraining non-selective fishing, notably by becoming part of the Steering Group for the global Transform Bottom Trawling Coalition. This is a harbinger of things to come as Project Seahorse pushes to end bottom trawling in 2023.

Please review 2022-223 updates here https://projectseahorse.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/2022_PS_AnnualReport.pdf
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
HQ is not involved in projects but receives reporting
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Capacity building
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Policy influencing/advocacy
Scientific/technical activities
Are these actions planned for yet: 
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation
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