2014-03-11 04:03

21 February 2014 - The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project.

2014-02-26 16:15

24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries. The launch ceremony took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 24 February 2014.

2014-02-26 15:44

The International Coral Reef Initiative is supporting fruitful collaboration between Mexico and Costa Rica to respond to the lionfish invasion, which is seriously impacting commercially important species such as lobsters in Cahuita and Manzanillo in the south of Costa Rica.

Dr Ricardo Gomez Lozano from the Mexican Commission on Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), co-chair of ICRI’s Regional Lionfish Committee, is working with Costa Rica this week, with funding provided by the ICRI Secretariat, to help develop a national plan of action to control the lionfish invasion.

2014-02-26 15:34

Indonesia on Friday instituted the world's biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometers as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago.

New legislation gives full protection to the creatures across all the waters surrounding Southeast Asia's biggest country, which for years has been the world's largest ray and shark fishery.

2014-02-25 13:12

17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

2014-02-11 07:05

Participants discussed how to achieve healthy oceans and seas, including through a "stand-alone" Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), at an event on 4 February 2014, in New York, US. ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward' highlighted the role of healthy oceans and seas in the survival of people and the planet and discussed the role of technology in preventing and mitigating impacts from natural phenomena.

Addressing ocean-related challenges and protecting marine biodiversity will require "conservation, but also innovation, not least through the power of technology,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in his opening remarks. He emphasized the UN's commitment to working with stakeholders “to achieve healthy oceans and sustainable development for all.”

2014-02-11 06:39

The University of Queensland is offering a free online course led by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and delivered by world leaders in coastal ecology. The seven-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), starts April 28 and is designed for resource managers, students, professionals, divers and anyone with an interest in coastal ecology and marine conservation. To find out more watch the short video for the course or visit the registration page.

2014-01-29 06:50

On December 18, 2013, Colombia formally declared Acandi, Playon and Playona Wildlife Sanctuaries as its newest national park, adding 26,232 hectares to the country’s marine protected area system, and providing further protection for the world’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, which is in danger of extinction. The new park will also help provide refuge for another turtle species, the hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricate, which is also endangered.

2014-01-22 05:04

Gland, Switzerland, January 21, 2014 - A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm), with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG).

2014-01-20 07:38

Following a recent request to provide input to their work plan on coral bleaching, the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) has once again approached us to provide input on a Draft Updated Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity (the Synthesis) – see the CBD formal notification on this matter.

2014-01-19 06:49

Are you working in Protected Areas in the Pacific? The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is seeking input to develop a Pacific Islands Protected Area Portal, which aims to provide easy access to all available protected area resources and facilitate the sharing of expertise among protected area practitioners in the Pacific Islands.

2014-01-09 12:02

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 the Haitian government published the creation of Haiti’s second Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the official journal, Le Moniteur. The new MPA is hereby called the “The Three Bays Protected Area (Parc Marin des Trois Baies)” and is located in Northeastern Haiti. This new protected area encloses an area covering a total of close to 90,000 hectares (900 sq.km.) and includes the bays of Limonade, Caracol, and Ft. Liberté, as well as the Lagon aux Boeufs.

2013-12-15 09:16

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has decided to install an Executive Director and launch its Permanent Secretariat in Indonesia in mid-2014. The Initiative is also anticipating implementation of its Monitoring and Evaluation System, and has released a set of guidebooks for designing local marine protected areas.

2013-11-29 14:59

The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) requested ICRI’s input to update their work plan on coral bleaching (see Appendix 1, approximately half way down the page), taking into consideration projected impacts of ocean acidification and the effects of tropical storms and rising sea levels.

2013-11-18 06:22

In association with the Government of Australia, the Government of Belize hosted the 28th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) from 14 to 17 October in Belize City. Approximately 60 delegates from over 20 countries attended the meeting.

2013-10-10 05:13

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), through its Regional Lionfish Committee, is urging Caribbean countries to adopt a regional roadmap to control the invasive lionfish.

Regional Lionfish Committee co-chair and lead author Ricardo Gomez Lozano said a Regional Strategy for the Control of Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean had been developed to help control the introduced reef pest. “The strategy outlines specific actions and encourages transnational collaboration because we believe that by pooling efforts and resources, lionfish control efforts by Caribbean countries can be more efficient,” Mr Gomez Lozano said.

2013-10-10 05:06

30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

2013-10-04 08:58

London – October 3rd 2013: An international panel of marine scientists is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought.

2013-09-10 04:43

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The Coral Triangle (CT) Atlas presents decades worth of fisheries, biodiversity, natural resources and socio-economic information. The Atlas was developed through a collaboration between WorldFish, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and was supported by the US Government's US CTI Support Program.

2013-08-24 04:58

On Wednesday August 7th, 2013 Haiti's Council of Ministers announced the creation of the "Protected Area of Natural Resources Management of Port Salut/Aquin (Aire Protégée de Ressources Naturelles Gérées de Port Salut/Aquin)" located in southwestern Haiti. It is composed of five zoned sites enclosed within an area covering a total of close to 150,000 hectares and includes mixed marine and terrestrial sites.

2013-07-03 13:43

The 25th Session of the International Co-ordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has added 12 sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources, and freshwater. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development.

2013-07-03 13:31

The government of Thailand has designated two new Wetlands of International Importance for the Ramsar List, two small archipelago systems with coral reefs lying offshore of opposite sides of the country. Their new status will take effect as of 12 August. As Ramsar's Ms Nessrine Alzahlawi describes them, based on Thailand's Ramsar Information Sheets, Ko Kra Archipelago (374 hectares) consists of three remote and relatively undisturbed small rocky islets in the southern area of the Gulf of Thailand, about 53 km east of the mainland. About 66 hectares around the archipelago are covered by an extensive coral reef, with a total of 67 species of hard coral, the highest coral diversity recorded in the Gulf of Thailand.

2013-06-16 09:53

1 June 2013: In a new guidebook on vulnerability assessments and early action planning at the local level, the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) provides a framework for helping local communities prepare for climate change adaptation planning, understand climate change impacts, conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop local action plans.

2013-06-16 07:31

Gland, Switzerland, 12 June 2013 (IUCN news release) - Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change.

The paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the biggest studies of its kind, assessing all of the world's birds, amphibians and corals. It draws on the work of more than 100 scientists over a period of five years.

2013-05-15 03:12

This circular examines the vulnerability of coral reef social-ecological communities to one effect of climate change, coral bleaching. The objective was to develop and test in Kenya a community-level vulnerability assessment approach that incorporated both ecological and socio-economic dimensions of vulnerability in order to target and guide interventions to reduce vulnerability. In addition to a range of direct threats such as siltation, overfishing and coral disease, coral reefs are now threatened by climate change.