Friday, 24 October 2014

Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

Palau raises over $50,000 to support the creation and enforcement of a Pacific Ocean no-fishing zone the size of France

The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple of fundraising.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Coastal Blue Carbon Manual

Coastal Blue Carbon step by step - A new manual for measuring, assessing and analyzing carbon in the field and lab

Increasingly, coastal ecosystems are being recognized for their important role in carbon sequestration and, when degraded, their potential to become sources of carbon emissions. Progress has been made to include these systems in international and national policy and finance mechanisms. The full integration of coastal management activities as part of countries’ portfolio of solutions to mitigate climate change has however not yet been fully achieved due to a lack of technical guidance leading to comparable information and scientific results.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Win-Win: The Marine Protected Area Story

MMMPA presents an original short educational and highly entertaining silent Marine Protected Area (MPA) movie. The humorous nature of the film makes it accessible to a wide audience, bringing with it important simple take home messages. This film and understandable text exhibit the fundamental benefits of MPAs and the ideal process for MPA designation and their governance. Participation and collaboration are key

Watch the film here
and in Spanish here

Daniel Mateos Molina, Marie Curie Fellow
MMMPA Monitoring of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas
Underwater Biological Cartography (UBICA srl)
Via S. Siro 6 int.1, 16124 Genova (Italy)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Calling all young professionals: 2014 Pre-World Parks Congress Capacity Development Workshop for Young Leaders/Professionals (7th - 11th November 2014 - Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia)


The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Young Professional Specialist Group (WCPA YP) in partnership with the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IUCN IPS) are excited to open the call for interested Young Leaders/Professionals (YPs) to participate in the Pre-World Parks Congress Capacity Development Workshop for Young Leaders/Professionals.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Helping celebrate youth presence at World Parks Congress

As the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia draws closer, we would like to continue featuring the young people involved in the Congress and highlight our youth presence.

Tom (Young Peoples Media Coalition, CoalitionWILD) and Ashley (Global Youth Ambassadors, Stream 8: Inspiring a New Generation) have put together a questionnaire to then create biographies for all young people involved in the Congress. These biographies will be featured in communication and publication pieces for the World Parks Congress and may help to connect you with stream sessions you may be interested in.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Be inspired by a new generation! "How are you creating a protected planet?"

The Pushing Boundaries Challenge has been launched and is asking this question to really showcase the amazing work of young people around the world, to support, enhance and further protected areas!

This international Challenge is designed to provide an outlet for passion and creativity that highlights how young people are using inspiring and innovative solutions to keep our world wild and protected.

The Challenge is accepting entries that range from local to global in scope, encompassing diverse forms of protected areas, and will be evaluated by an international team of judges on impact, creativity, innovation and its ability to be replicated.

Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate


A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region.

The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world collaborate to compile everything they know about ocean species, from microbes to whales. The last time such an effort was undertaken was in 1969.

Over 9,000 species are recorded in the publication, which also looks at the possible impact of climate change on marine life in the Antarctic. Read more....