Friday, 27 June 2014

Sign up for a High Seas Biodiversity Agreement!! Sign it now!

The High Seas Alliance is coordinating an effort to collect scientists’ support for a high seas biodiversity agreement under the UN Law of the Sea Convention. It urges countries to honor the commitment made by governments at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 Conference

To read the letter and sign it click here

Monday, 23 June 2014

Kiribati takes unprecidented action to protect tuna stocks

On June 16, President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Oceanscape, announced that his nation’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) will close to ALL commercial fishing on December 31, 2014!

Covering an area roughly the size of California, PIPA hosts some of the world’s most economically important waters. In fact, if you order a spicy tuna roll in the United States, chances are good that it was made with fish caught in the waters of the Pacific Oceanscape — which supports 60% of the world’s tuna catch.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Obama moves to protect vast Pacific Ocean areas

Source: Reuters World Service Date: June 17, 2014

(Updates with details from White House, response from conservation group)

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday unveiled efforts to expand protection of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean controlled by the United States from over fishing and environmental damage.

President Barack Obama's proposal, to go into effect later this year, would create a vast marine sanctuary and is part of an effort to safeguard more ocean territory, which is under threat from several factors, including overfishing and climate change, the White House said.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

World Parks Congress: calling all young media champions!

If you're young, love the planet and the media and want to help spread the word about the importance of our protected areas, we want to hear from you! We are looking for Young Media Champions to join the Young Peoples Media Coalition (YPMC).

The Coalition aims to provide coverage of the World Parks Congress from the unique perspective of young people and invites those under the age of 35 with experience in digital and traditional media to contribute to the Congress.

How to become a volunteer to support the World Parks Congress

The success of the IUCN World Parks Congress depends heavily on the support of many volunteers.

We are seeking volunteers to support Congress participants by staffing information desks, providing site directions and acting as room runners. So if you are professional, committed, hard working, reliable and culturally sensitive, then you are exactly who we are looking for.

If you would like to gain a unique and unforgettable experience by being part of the Congress Volunteer Team and make a valuable contribution to this once in a decade event, we invite you to register your interest today: http://www.worldparkscongress.org/involved/volunteer_for_the_congress.html

World Parks Congress photography competition

We all know that nature is a masterpiece, so it's time to delve into your photo library or better yet, get out and about and take some photos to submit to the Saved Nature Photography Competition.

We want to see what places you love to visit, the places you value and the vistas, animals or people living or working in the parks which inspire you.

The Congress photo competition will be a celebration of parks and the crucial role they play in sustaining the health of our planet whilst telling the stories of some of our most valuable landscapes.

World Parks Congress: early bird registration closes soon

If you've been deliberating over whether to attend the IUCN World Parks Congress, it's time to make the decision as early bird registration is closing 30 June.

Get in now to hear from inspiring speakers and world experts and participate in creating the future for our global protected areas, all at a discounted rate.

There are various registration options including rates for delegates from developing nations and students. To register or to find out more information, click here:http://www.worldparkscongress.org/participants/registration.html

Advancing Ocean Conservation: Marine Wilderness 10+10 Project

Recently launched by way of an international workshop in Imperial Beach, California, the Marine Wilderness 10+10 (MW10+10) Project is bringing to life tales of recovery from human-caused demise to wild marine life. “Marine wilderness” means intact, functioning, and balanced ecological systems that sustain abundant sea life, healthy places for marine species to spawn and nurture their young, safe stopovers for migrating birds, and generally areas valued because they are truly wild. In May, 20 sites were selected and will be announced at summer’s end after a process of vetting and team-building involving existing site managers and local community leaders. Over half these sites are along the Pacific Coast of North America and in the Caribbean.