Friday, 30 January 2009

A New Year in review for MPAs!

30 January, Peterborough, UK
From Dan Laffoley – Marine Vice Chair of IUCN WCPA

As another year starts I thought it would be useful to reflect on the past year and on our priorities for 2009. This year is already shaping up to be a very positive one for MPAs and broader ocean issues.

Only a few weeks into January and the marine National Monument declarations by the outgoing President Bush, coupled with a sense of optimism as President Obama’s team begins their work, has helped give a renewed encouragement and energy to take our work forward. The Monuments declarations was one of the behind the scenes pieces of work we were directly involved with so it was good to help shape this initiative and see it happen. Major events in late spring around the world focussing on oceans, such as the First International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas in Hawaii, The World Oceans Conference in May 2009 (Manado, Indonesia) and the First International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) in May in Washington DC will only help drive us all further forward in our important work.

Alongside many day-to-day activities for 2009 WCPA – Marine will be focusing on key priorities set out in our global Plan of Action. To read more about priorities for 2009 and the past year in review click here