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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Japan have announced an initiative on tackling marine plastic litter in Southeast Asia and India. The initiative focuses on tackling plastic pollution at its source.

The initiative titled, ‘Promotion of Countermeasures Against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India,' will develop a model for plastic leakage and monitor leakage hotspots along the Ganges and Mekong rivers. The initiative will also enhance information and knowledge on how to develop and implement countermeasures against marine plastic litter. Selected cities and local and provincial governments in India will also receive support to stop plastic pollution.

About the leaders in coral reefs restoration training workshop

This is a two-week intensive full-time 120 hours' hands-on, in-water practical program. In addition to providing an experience on what is involved in coral reef restoration using the coral reef gardening concept, the workshop touches on basic principles of restoration ecology, current best practices for coral reef restoration, appropriate design and logistics.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2019 will be: "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health".

Whether you are in New York or Nairobi or Nagoya, chances are you have access to a greater variety of food than your parents or your grandparents once did. But even as the offerings become more diverse, the global diet as a whole - what people actually eat - is becoming more homogenized, and this is a dangerous thing.

Coral reefs are critical ecosystems that are home to more than 25% of all known marine species, while occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the Earth’s marine environment (IUCN, 2013). In June 2018, the 50 Reefs initiative culminated with the publication of a scientific study on coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change and have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time. To contibute to 50 Reefs, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) worked in conjunction with the Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) to create a working guide on the financial tools available for coral reef conservation.

CRCP's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program released two new products during the midst of the holidays and government shutdown - I wanted to share them both again in case you missed them:

The Pacific status reports are out! Status reports are available for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, and the Pacific Remote Islands. These high-level reports are meant to communicate the status of US coral reefs to a broad audience. Thanks to the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland team for leading this effort! Check them out: https://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/status_report/

The STINAPA Wild4Life School Program is a nature and environmental education program for all elementary schools on Bonaire with the objective to raise awareness among children and to develop a sense of respect and caring for the natural environment.

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