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In a country plagued by extreme poverty and political instability, Jean Wiener led community efforts to establish the nation’s first Marine Protected Areas by empowering Haitians to see the long-term value in sustainably managing fisheries and mangrove forests. Haiti is home to an incredibly diverse array of marine life, housed in mangrove forests and coastal reefs. It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living in poverty. Natural disasters and political instability have further hampered the nation’s ability to create meaningful economic opportunities for its citizens.

The CORAL Conservation Prize offers a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding leaders of reef conservation around the world. It aims to support worthwhile local coral reef conservation efforts, provide a platform to highlight coral reefs within the local, national, and international media and provide incentives for continued work in all regions of the world. Last year, we were thrilled to award Nyoman Sugiarta, a fisherman from Bali, the inaugural CORAL Conservation Prize.

From 2002 to 2011, the Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific (CRISP) project aimed to develop a vision for the future of coral reefs and the communities that depend on them and to introduce strategies and projects to conserve their biodiversity, while developing the economic and environmental services that they provide both locally and globally. Also, it was designed as a factor for integration between developed countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA), French overseas territories and Pacific Island developing countries.

Albion February 26, 2015 - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) organized a regional workshop for exchanges and training on coral reef monitoring at Albion Fisheries Research Centre, Mauritius, from 24 to 26 February. The IOC-Biodiversity and IOC-ISLANDS projects funded by the European Union and the IOC project for the sustainable management of coastal zones (GDZC) funded by the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF) have together united their efforts to improve coral reefs monitoring capabilities of some forty scientists, technicians, administrators and NGO representatives who participated in the workshop.

New York (February 3, 2015) – The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

At a February 2nd press conference held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the Malagasy government announced the initiation of a new law that establishes a shark sanctuary in Antongil Bay while granting coastal communities exclusive use and management rights for local fishing areas. The new law also restricts international fishing trawlers from fishing in Antongil Bay, the largest bay in Madagascar.

Monaco — Ocean acidification poses a growing threat to coastal communities and needs to be on the agenda of any global climate deal, said speakers at a conference hosted by the IAEA this week. The three-day workshop, organized by the IAEA’s International Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) and the Scientific Centre of Monaco, aims to determine avenues for bringing ocean acidification forward as a dimension of a future climate deal. The participants are looking at the science of ocean acidification, the effects it has on communities and the actions policy makers can take to address it.

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