Friday, 5 August 2016

Sargasso Sea among spots in the High Seas identified as potential World Heritage sites

Five sites in the High Seas, which belong to no country, could be recognised under the World Heritage Convention, according to a new report by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the advisory body on natural World Heritage. The report has been launched from a submersible at the edge of one of the most iconic of these sites – the Sargasso Sea.
“Just as on land, the deepest and most remote ocean harbours globally unique places that deserve recognition, just as we have given to the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States of America, to the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador or the Serengeti National Park of the United Republic of Tanzania,” states Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, in the preface to the report.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Technologies for the Ocean - How you can bring the Sea to your Pocket

Seak (i.e. Sea and Seek) is a citizen science App that empowers students, underwater photographers, scuba divers, scientists and casual, curious sea lovers worldwide to photograph and georeference marine species. Simultaneously, this free mobile application
empowers anyone to discover marine life, no matter where the user may be located,  through other users eyes, connecting them with nature and generating a sense of belonging and protection for our seas.

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.