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.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Tribute to the father of marine reserves Bill Ballantine

Bill Ballantine at the Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve, Leigh, Northland, NZ.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr Bill Ballantine on November the 1st 2015. Bill was the pioneer of marine reserve protection in New Zealand and worldwide. 
As the first Director of the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory, Bill contributed significantly to the creation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Leigh in 1975. These efforts ultimately led to the creation of more marine reserves throughout New Zealand and spawned an enormous body of scientific literature in New Zealand and worldwide based on research in marine reserves. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Proceedings from 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas

Proceedings from the International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 3) were recently released, along with the formal announcement of a fourth conference to be held in Puerto Vallarta, México, Nov. 13-17, 2016. The 95-page publication includes summaries of the individual talks, discussions, workshops and side events.

ICMMPA 3 had two main goals (1) to highlight the challenges of place and size for protected areas that feature or include marine mammals, and (2) to explore the use of a new tool for conservation — the important marine mammal area, or IMMA, designation which the closely associated IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force has been developing.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

WCPA coordinated input into the IUCN World Conservation Congress (deadline 5 Sept)

This is a reminder to complete the WCPA Survey of those interested in presenting content at the IUCN World Conservation Congress that will take place in Hawai'i next year with the Forum session consisting of workshops, knowledge cafes, conservation campus training sessions and posters held at the start of the Congress from 2-5 September. The survey can be found at the following link:

Thursday, 16 July 2015

WCPA Task Force to define criteria for Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures

The IUCN World Commission on protected areas is in the process of building the membership of a WCPA Task Force to define criteria for Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs) as referenced in Target 11 of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. 
The aim is to develop a diverse and geographically representative membership as well as establish a smaller steering group to expedite the work. The Task Force will develop criteria for submission to the CBD Secretariat for consideration by Parties to the CBD. The Task Force will also act as a forum for debate and information exchange about potential OECMs.