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.

Thursday, 7 May 2015


The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is excited to be launching a new global task force for young professionals working in marine conservation: the IUCN WCPA Young Professionals Marine Task Force (YPMTF).

This Task Force was created by the WCPA Marine Group in partnership with WCPA YP, with the purpose of supporting the Commission's excellent work on marine conservation and providing a stronger global profile for a growing global network of YPs working to fulfil the Commission objectives on marine conservation worldwide. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Blue Solutions of Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region

For the second time now, the Blue Solutions Initiative convened a Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being. This time it was held in Cancun, Mexico (April 2015) for participants from Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region.

The more than110 participants exchanged and discussed over two and half days inspiring coastal and marine solutions concerning the topics of marine spatial planning, sustainable finance as well as climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Leading conservation groups, scientists and residents of Pitcairn Island today congratulate the UK Government on its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Pacific.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced in the Budget that “The government intends to proceed with designation of a MPA around Pitcairn”. This decision begins the process of creating a fully protected marine reserve, extending from 12 miles offshore of Pitcairn Island to the full 200 nautical mile limit of the Territory’s waters, encompassing over 830,000 square kilometres of ocean, an area about 3.5 times the size of the UK.