Marine & Coastal

IUCN, MedPAN Sign MOU to Improve Marine Management in Mediterranean [viewed]

iucn-medpan18 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the network of marine protected area managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC), which is taking place from 12-19 November, in Sydney, Australia. The MOU aims to enhance coordination on scientific research on ecosystem services, poverty reduction and sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region [viewed]

This Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) workshop is part of a series of regional workshops the Secretariat is organizing to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) through the application of the scientific criteria in decision IX/20, annex I as well as scientific guidance on the identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The workshop will bring together scientific and technical experts to analyze biological and ecological data and information on marine ecosystems, habitats and species, and geological, physical or oceanographic data. Participants are expected to produce a regional workshop report on areas meeting EBSA criteria for consideration by the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA). A Training Session on EBSAs will precede the workshop on 22 March 2015.  

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IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction [viewed]

IUCN17 November 2014: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) has moved from the Least Concern to the Vulnerable category on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List. IUCN released the updated Red List, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, at its World Parks Congress.

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IUCN Launches Green List of Protected Areas [viewed]

IUCN14 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas (GLPA), which is meant to provide a global standard of good practice for protected areas. Areas in Australia, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Kenya, the Republic of Korea and Spain are among the first to be listed on the GLPA, which includes 23 sites selected from 50 candidates as part of its first phase.

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Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress [viewed]

us-kiribati14 November 2014: Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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LifeWeb Initiative Showcases Conservation, Poverty Reduction Links [viewed]

LifeWeb14 November 2014: The Spain-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) LifeWeb Initiative is being used to show how biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and improved livelihoods are linked, with some 11 projects conducted across 15 protected areas (PAs). UNEP says that community empowerment, monitoring and enforcement, and better financing are key to habitat conservation and species protection across the PAs.

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IUCN, Wiley Publishers Feature Marine Protected Areas [viewed]

Journal Aquatic Conservation Special Issue November 201414 November 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has collaborated with Wily Online Library to release a special issue of the journal Aquatic Conservation, which features ‘Building Networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): New Insights from the Third International MPA Congress (IMPAC 3).' The special issue aims to provide data, information and science to support decision-making and goals on ocean protection.

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Protected Planet Report: World on Track to Meet CBD 2020 Target for Protected Areas [viewed]

Protected Planet Report 201413 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report concluding that the world is on track to meet a 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target on the expansion of protected areas, although more work is required to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection. The report, titled ‘Protected Planet Report 2014: Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas,' was launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress, meeting in Sydney, Australia.

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IUCN Releases First Global Assessment of World Heritage Sites [viewed]

IUCN World Heritage Outlook 201413 November 2014: Over 60% of areas on the World Heritage List are likely to be well conserved over time and 54% are considered well managed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) 'World Heritage Outlook 2014: a conservation assessment of all natural World Heritage sites.' The report is the first global assessment of the world's 228 natural World Heritage sites.

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International Meetings on Ballast Water Address Threats from Invasive Species [viewed]

IMONovember 2014: Two international events in Singapore and Brazil addressed administrative, technological and scientific developments relating to ballast water management (BWM) to prevent threats from marine invasive species in international maritime transport, highlighting the imminent entering into force of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.

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