Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Young Professionals Marine Challenge: Innovative and creative initiatives by young marine conservationists around the world


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Marine Young Professionals Task Force have partnered with the Blue Solutions project, Mission Blue, #OceanOptimism and TerraMar on a new initiative to highlight and promote the projects of young people working for marine conservation around the world.

The competition partners invite youth and young professionals actively working on innovative and creative marine conservation initiatives from around the world to take part in this competition.

Are you a young blue solution provider?
Do you have an innovative and creative approach or process that successfully  address marine conservation issues that you are implementing with your own organization and you are not older than 35 years? Then become a young professional blue solution provider by submitting this form by 31st May

Monday, 11 April 2016

UN takes significant step towards a new treaty to conserve marine life beyond boundaries

Photo by IISD/Francis Dejon
In response to mounting concerns about declines in ocean health, States at the United Nations (UN) delivered some good news last week.  The first of four two-week UN Preparatory Committee sessions concluded on a positive note on Friday April 8, 2016  by identifying key elements for a new treaty to better protect and sustain the marine environment and marine life in the two thirds of the ocean beyond national boundaries and adopted a roadmap for the path ahead.  The next session will be convened from 26 August to 9 September 2016.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The 2016 Oceans Photographer of the Year Competition

The Global Marine and Polar Programme is thrilled to announce the Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 competition - Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016 


The IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme invites you to submit up to 3 photographs per category: 

(A) Marine Life: Photos of marine organisms and their ecosystems from the tropics to temperate zones 

(B) The Poles: Photos of marine organisms and landscapes from the two poles 

(C) Destinations: Best dive and snorkelling spots, spectacular landscapes 

(D) Human impact: marine plastics, pollution, overfishing, ecosystem damage, climate change 

(E) Marine Conservation: Conservation actions that address the issues portrayed in the above category, examples of projects that promote and encourage conservation action, spread awareness, best practice 

(F) Open Choice: Photos that would not fit in the above categories. E.g. macro, artistic images, etc. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Africa

The dates for the “Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Wellbeing in Africa” have now been confirmed to take place on 31 May – 3 June 2016 in the SeaCliff, Zanzibar, Tanzania and you can now express your interest in participating in this event.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

How ocean pollution affects humans [Infographic]

The oceans are mankind’s lifeline, which contribute to over 70% of the oxygen we breathe and over 96% of our water supply. The oceans are so vast that they cover 72% of the world’s surface. 

With our oceans being at the brink of disaster, we have to do something to stop our vital system from destruction. In 2007, over 2.12 billion tons of plastic had been dumped into our oceans. In 2014, 5000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico was almost devoid of any life, all because of pollution. Our modern industrial lifestyles are affecting our oceans in the worst ways possible and this could lead to the most detrimental of consequences. 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium

The Secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is happy to announce that the 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS 5) will be held in Bohol, Philippines from 25-28 February 2016! 
ITMEMS 5 will be held by the Governments of Japan and the Philippines in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). We are currently accepting applications from site managers/planners/field practitioners involved in the ecosystem-based management and conservation of tropical marine ecosystems.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Australia Acts to Create the International Partnership for Blue Carbon to Fight Climate Change




At the COP 21 this week, the government of Australia announced the creation of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. It will bring together governments non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to increase understanding of, and accelerate action on the important role of coastal blue carbon ecosystems in climate change action. Founding members of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon are Australia, Indonesia; Costa Rica; the Blue Carbon Initiative (Conservation International, IUCN, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - UNESCO),GRID-Arendal; the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP); the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Office of the Pacific Oceanscape Commissioner; the Centre for International Forestry Research; and the Global Change Institute.