Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium

The Secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is happy to announce that the 5th International Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management Symposium (ITMEMS 5) will be held in Bohol, Philippines from 25-28 February 2016! 
ITMEMS 5 will be held by the Governments of Japan and the Philippines in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). We are currently accepting applications from site managers/planners/field practitioners involved in the ecosystem-based management and conservation of tropical marine ecosystems.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Australia Acts to Create the International Partnership for Blue Carbon to Fight Climate Change




At the COP 21 this week, the government of Australia announced the creation of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon. It will bring together governments non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to increase understanding of, and accelerate action on the important role of coastal blue carbon ecosystems in climate change action. Founding members of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon are Australia, Indonesia; Costa Rica; the Blue Carbon Initiative (Conservation International, IUCN, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - UNESCO),GRID-Arendal; the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP); the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Office of the Pacific Oceanscape Commissioner; the Centre for International Forestry Research; and the Global Change Institute.