Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Mediterranean MPA current events, October 2010

Find out more about whats happening on MPAs in the Mediterranean by clicking on these links

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have information you would like to share with MedPAN, the network of MPA managers in the Mediterranean.

Kind regards,

Magali Mabari
On behalf of the whole MedPAN team

Protect Planet Ocean Now

With only one per cent of the world’s oceans under protection, countries are far behind the 10 per cent target promised for 2010. A greater political will and a change in the way we manage our marine capital are needed now to preserve the Earth’s oceans for generations to come.

This month Chile announced the setting up of a large marine reserve around Sala y Gómez island in the Pacific. However, current global plans for increasing the number of marine protected areas fall far short of what’s needed to save the world’s oceans, according to a new report from IUCN, The Nature Conservancy and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Ocean Acidification Survey - please take part!

Ocean Acidification is a critical issue to understand and address. To help us to this we are asking you to take part in an on-line survey and asking you to get as many of your colleagues to do likewise. We need lots of responses please as this will help shape future action on this critical issue!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Chile Creates Marine Reserve Around Sala y Gómez

Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has just announced the creation of Sala y Gómez Marine Park, a no-take marine reserve of 150,000 square kilometers around Sala y Gómez island.

Sala y Gómez is an uninhabited island that’s part of a biodiverse chain of seamounts that are vulnerable to fishing activity. Dr. Enric Sala, marine ecologist and National Geographic Ocean Fellow, called Sala y Gómez “one of the last undisturbed and relatively pristine places left in the ocean.”

Last March, Oceana, National Geographic and the Waitt Foundation conducted a preliminary scientific expedition to the island and found abundant populations of vulnerable species such as sharks and lobsters, much larger than in the depleted ecosystem in nearby Easter Island, which is not protected from fishing. In addition, the scientists found unexpectedly high biodiversity in deeper waters.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

IUCN PA categories marine survey

The WCPA’s themes on Science and Capacity Development and IUCN-WCPA Marine formed a small team to develop supplementary guidelines on the application of the protected area (PA) category system in the marine environment.

A survey has been developed to assist in preparation of this document specifically for the team to get a better understanding of on-the-ground issues in applying IUCN PA categories to MPAs, to determine what kind of information is most required in the supplementary marine guidelines, and to seek for some case study examples where challenges have been overcome.

We hope to hear opinions on the application of PA category system in the marine environment from a broad range of people who are dealing with/interested in MPA management, and would appreciate your participation to the online survey. If you wish to contribute, please complete the survey by 17th October. You can access the survey at: