Wednesday, 16 April 2014

30 April deadline of applications for sponsored participants for the IUCN World Parks Congress

Submit your request now for sponsorship for the IUCN World Parks Congress. Funding is very limited and there will be many requests. Please note that priority will be given to applicants from developing nations who are unable to source alternative sponsorship or support. For more information and eligibility criteria

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management

Innovation and dedication are keys to progress in our national parks and protected areas’ conservation. The Kenton Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Areas Management celebrates individuals who are taking bold steps in protecting these most valued resources by recognizing their invaluable work with a 5,000 USD grant and accompanying citation. The WCPA is honored to present this award every two years to highlight success in PA governance and management and inspire us all to keep working to achieve a Protected Planet. The next award will be presented at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

Sargasso Sea Commissioners sought

The Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea in March 2014 was open for signature in March 2014. The Declaration provides for the establishment of a Sargasso Sea Commission, composed of distinguished scientists and other persons of international repute committed to the conservation of high seas ecosystems. Initially there will be only five Commissioners to serve on the Commission for a period of three years. The composition of the Commission should aim to reflect a balance of geographic distribution and diverse expertise and experience. The relevant fields of experience include:

Monday, 14 April 2014

Devil in disguise: A small coral-eating worm may mean big trouble for reefs

New research from the University of Southampton has identified a coral-eating flatworm as a potential threat for coral reefs. The scientists from the University of Southampton, who are based at the Coral Reef Laboratory in the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, published the results of their research in the latest issue of the journal Coral Reefs.

The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication project has been declared a success.

The project to eradicate rabbits and rodents from Macquarie Island is a conservation achievement of worldwide significance. The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom said a rigorous monitoring program, which followed baiting, had not detected a rabbit, rat or mouse in more than two years.

"The program is the world's largest island eradication for these three pest species and it has been an unqualified success," Mr Groom said. "In 2007, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments announced they

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

IUCN-Med launches a new App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

Malaga, 3rd April 2014, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation - The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea.

The new application aims to facilitate the identification of marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas so that monitoring and control programmes can be put in place before they damage native marine species. Further improvements to the App will be considered during the marine experts workshop in the order to increase its applicability and potentiality for marine protected areas.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Santorini adopts a marine sanctuary

The professional fishermen of Santorini gave their unanimous approval for the creation of a marine protected area on March 15th 2014.

After several years of discussions and consensus building with the local stakeholders, this agreement is the first step in the establishment of a sanctuary on Santorini. The fishermen’s union, the municipality, and the Hellenic marine research center (HCMR) will now form a trilateral committee for the management of the area.