Wednesday, 27 February 2013

America's Cup: Take the Pledge to Support Marine Protection Off the California Coast

America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project


Take the Pledge to Support Marine Protection Off the California Coast

The 34th America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project is pledging it’s support for two critical initiatives to protect the marine environment. Launched by Dr. Sylvia Earle, Global Healthy Ocean Project

Monday, 25 February 2013

Free Ride

“We gotta do better, it’s time to begin. 
You know all the answers must come from within…. Come on and take a free ride….”


From where I write, on the coast of California, I can look out and see dolphins swim gracefully through forests of ocean kelp. But I know that on the other side of the Pacific, it’s a very different scenario. Ric O’Barry is in Japan monitoring the dolphin hunt in Taiji, famously exposed in the movie “The Cove.” In picturesque Hatajiri Bay, the dolphins are being forced into a cove and trapped, then sold or

Logo for World Parks Congress 2014

Vivid and dynamic, the logo for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 approved by the International Steering Committee consists of a series of brush strokes each representing a different element of the Australian landscape and a thriving planet: water, earth, fauna, flora and sunlight


Just as the Congress will be the place where the global community involved with protected areas will converge, interact, meld and forge directions for the future, the elements of the logo overlap, connect and unite in an abstract representation of the famed icon of the host city, the renowned Sydney Opera House. Inspired by nature, the design is modern, creative, expressive and energetic, intended to inspire and engage.

Last call for Stream Leadership Proposals

Stream leader proposals are currently being developed and you are reminded that the closing date for

Friday, 22 February 2013

Developing underwater trails in MPAs - new guide book

Underwater trails handbook


Out of the tools that contribute to environmental education and awareness-raising in MPAs, "underwater trails" have swiftly gained recognition as practical and effective tool, embodying the concept of sustainable development.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Lesson learned publication on MPAs

A new publication on Marine Protected Areas was lauched at the Mediterranean MPA Forum, last November. The publication is titled “Making Marine Protected Areas Work - Lesson Learned in the Mediterranean”, by Gomei M. and Di Carlo G. (WWF Mediterranean), is available for free in English, French and Arabic.

Big Ocean publishes first-ever research agenda for large-scale marine managed areas

(Honolulu, HI) – Today, Big Ocean: A Network of the World’s Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas, announces the release of a research agenda that highlights the unique scientific needs and challenges of large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs). The shared agenda provides a framework for collaborative research among Big Ocean sites, as well as other large MPAs.

Friday, 15 February 2013

3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3): Appel à communications / Call for papers


Madame, Monsieur,

Le 3ème Congrès international des aires marines protégées se tiendra du 21 au 27 octobre 2013 à Marseille et en Corse.

Vous êtes invités dès à présent à prendre connaissance des thématiques des journées du 22, 23, 24 et

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Cook Islands Marine Park joins Big Ocean

(HONOLULU, HI)––As part of its strategy to implement the recently established Cook Islands Marine Park – currently the largest MPA in the world – the Cook Islands’ government recently accepted the invitation to formally join Big Ocean: A Network of World’s Large-Scale Marine Managed Areas.

Big Ocean is a professional network of the world’s largest marine protected areas, represented by on-