Maria João Bebianno, currently coordinator of CIMA and member of the United Nations Expert Group for the Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment presided the 1st Workshop of 5 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. This workshop was organized by the Departments of Oceans and Law of the Sea of the United Nations, and took place on the 14th and 15th of September at the Fundação Oceano Azul in Lisbon.
Representatives from several European countries, as well as ICES, OSPAR and CIESM were present. The results of the workshop were considered to be very relevant for the implementation of the directives adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.