Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Marine species news from the Species Survival Commission

The IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Sub-Committee agreed at its last meeting that more should be done to keep marine members of the SSC network informed of other marine conservation activities within the IUCN family. As a result the group decided to produce a short, informal news-bulletin for the marine constituency of SSC.

The Nature Conservancy Launches a Marine Conservation Finance Project

For years, there has been chronic underinvestment in our oceans. Underfunded and shrinking budgets at the federal, regional, state, and local levels have left critical habitats unmapped and unprotected; reduced scientific investments; hampered restoration efforts; and impeded new, impactful initiatives such as restoration, coastal and marine spatial planning, and ecosystem-based management.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Find out more about the 'last ocean': The Ross Sea

Please use the link below to access the latest Last Ocean newsletters, updating you with developments of the NZ Last Ocean campaign. We will produce these every two months.

Next week the New Zealand Govt. is holding a meeting of all stake holders in the Ross Sea MPA process, this includes the appropriate Government agencies, NGO's and fishing representatives.

Announcement of 2011 Pew Marine Fellows

Today we are announcing the 2011 Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. Please join me in welcoming:


· Scott Baker, Ph.D., an associate director of the Marine Mammal Program and professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. His project will map patterns of isolation and interaction among populations of dolphins in the South Pacific Ocean and identify habitats important to protect for their long-term survival.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Virgin 'Oceanic' launched - find out about the mission and link to the site

Virgin Oceanic is taking the next step in human exploration. This time, the voyage is to the last frontiers of our own Blue Planet: the very bottom of our seas.

Watch the expedition trailer and hear from Sir Richard

Virgin believes that the Oceans offer exciting possibilities for human exploration and scientific research. Our vision through Virgin Oceanic is to explore the possibilities of enabling adventurers and pioneers to participate in oceanic exploration.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

New report: Governing Marine Protected Areas – Getting the Balance Right.

Whilst much guidance exists on how to manage marine protected areas (MPAs), there is little guidance available on how to combine top-down, bottom-up and market approaches to reach and implement decisions that achieve effective and equitable MPAs. To fill this gap, the technical report offers a new approach to planning of sustainable and equitable MPAs. It presents a new governance framework

Savannah Ocean Exchange Gulf Stream Award; PrescreeningApplication Due Date Extended to May 31

Savannah Ocean Exchange, founded in 2010, unites international organizations across multiple disciplines and boundaries to distribute and adopt solutions that positively impact oceans and ocean life. The Board of Governors includes 27 leaders from around the world, who represent diverse backgrounds and expertise and share a commitment to innovation and to the protection of our ocean. The theme for the 2011 Savannah Ocean Exchange is "Shaping the Future of Our Coasts" and looks to share the best worldwide solutions that will drive sustainable change; improve ecological, economic, and worldwide connectivity; while respecting the unique cultures and sense of place of our coastal communities.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Degraded coastal wetlands contribute to climate change: report finds

Washington DC – April 11, 2011 – Drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly to the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration, a new World Bank report has found.


The report, written in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and wetland specialists ESA PWA, calls for coastal wetlands to be protected and incentives for avoiding their

'MPApps' - help us create a more connected ocean conservation world!

One of our challenges is finding new ways to engage people in helping protect the ocean. Over the past few years we have helped champion new innovations such as Google Earth to engage more people in ocean issues. We are now taking this a stage further and to do this WCPA – Marine has teamed up with the University of Exeter to launch a new initiative based on ‘MPApps’ – applications (Apps) for hand-held devices focussed on mobilising citizens to engage with marine protected areas (MPAs). This cutting-edge

Monday, 11 April 2011

Management of Protected Areas course grants for Central and Eastern Europe

The province of Carinthia is making two grants available for participation in the "Management of Protected Areas" MSc course. The grant of € 6,200 is targeted at applicants from Central and Eastern Europe, which have a need to make up economic ground on other European states. It gives applicants access to international expertise and global networks. Both grants will be awarded as part of a competition. Apply now, the terms and conditions are detailed below.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Blue Carbon Working Group Releases Recommendations

March 2011: At its first meeting, the International Working Group on Coastal "Blue" Carbon underscored the need for active and effective measures to protect the large and vulnerable carbon pools stored in seagrasses, tidal marshes, and mangroves, and to restore and reestablish their carbon sequestration capacity.


The Working Group convened its first meeting in Paris, France, in February 2011, and identified immediate steps that can be taken by coastal communities, managers, policy makers and the scientific community to protect these ecosystems.

We win 2011 Ocean Conservation Blog award!

We are delighted to announce that we have won the Trip Base award for one of the best ocean conservation blogs in 2011. To read more about us and other winners click here