2011-11-14 06:33

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a publication titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change," which includes contributions from 88 international scientists and fisheries specialists. The publication concludes that there will be winners and losers as a consequence of climate change in the Pacific region.

2011-11-02 16:32

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) jointly prepared the inter-agency paper. It was presented at a side event held on 1 November 2011, in Paris, France, during the 36th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

2011-11-02 16:39

28 October 2011: The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs Fisheries and Food Security opened this week, with environment and fisheries ministers from six Asia-Pacific countries meeting to advance their collective agenda for protecting and managing the fragile Coral Triangle.

The Coral Triangle is known as the "Amazon of the Seas" for being one of the world's most diverse and threatened marine ecosystems. It encompasses ocean areas in six countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

2011-11-01 03:10

Australia will partner with Belize in hosting ICRI for the 2012 2013 biennium. The announcement was made by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Rudd in his opening remarks to the Australian-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Foreign Ministers' meeting in Perth on Monday October 24. The meeting was a prelude to the opening of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Belize Foreign Minister, the Honourable Wilfred Elrington and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt were on hand to hear the Minister's announcement. The text of the Minister's announcement can be viewed at: www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2011/kr_mr_111024.html.

2011-09-28 15:54

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the French Government , released during the 22nd SPREP Meeting, held in September 2011 in Apia (Samoa), a “Good coastal management practices in the Pacific : experiences from the field”. This work resulted from a recommendation adopted during the last ICRI General Meeting.

2011-09-12 05:17

The 7th ICRI East Asia Regional Workshop will be co-hosted by the Fishery Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan in collaboration with the ICRI Secretariat. It will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from the 9th to 13th October 2011.

2011-09-08 08:28

In its decision X/29 (paragraph 74), the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested the Executive Secretary to prepare a report on the progress made in the implementation of the specific work plan on coral bleaching, adopted in decision VII/5 (appendix 1 of annex I), and make it available for consideration at the sixteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, scheduled for 30 April to 4 May 2012.

2011-08-25 06:47

On Wednesday August 31, 2011 at 2pm US EDT, TNC will host a webinar on the Lionfish Invasion in the Caribbean. In this Webinar, they will look at what innovative solutions are being tested at national and regional scales to try and abate the lionfish threat.

2011-08-25 06:14

The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) is pleased to announce the completion of the Caribbean MPA Management Capacity Assessment, which is now available online at the CaMPAM website http://campam.gcfi.org/CapAssess/CapacityAssessmentReport2011/index.html.

2011-08-24 13:34

12 August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated an advance, unedited version of a Report of the UN Secretary-General, titled “Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development,” for consideration at the Assembly's 66th Session.

The Report was requested by the Assembly in resolution 65/150 of December 2010. It analyzes the economic, social and development benefits of coral reef protection in the context of the themes and objectives of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and identifies potential actions needed to protect coral reefs and related ecosystems.

2011-08-09 23:28

Press Release / Washington, August 4, 2011 — The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has given US$8.75 million grant to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable management of fragile marine ecosystems in the Eastern Caribbean, including the protection of over 100,000 hectares of marine habitat.

The Sustainable Financing and Management of Eastern Caribbean Marine Ecosystem Project establish conservation trust funds to provide reliable and consistent sources of funding for biodiversity preservation. It will also promote collaboration among participating countries (including governments, communities, NGOs, and the private sector) to facilitate marine and coastal conservation, protect near shore areas, and support a regional monitoring and information network.

2011-07-27 02:19

The RAMSAR Secretariat is very pleased to announce that the United States has named the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (204,127 hectares, 05⁰52’N 162⁰06’W) as its 30th Ramsar Site, comprising coral reefs, permanent shallow marine waters, and intertidal forested wetlands of the atoll and submerged lands and associated waters out to 12 nautical miles from it, in the equatorial Pacific 960 miles south of Honolulu, Hawaii. A National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) since 2001, the site supports a variety of species with different conservation status under the National Endangered Species Act and IUCN Red List, such as the Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi), Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), and Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

2011-07-25 11:06

In January 2010 during the 24th general assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), the Secretariat agreed to set up an Ad Hoc Committee to develop a strategic plan for the control of lionfish in the Wider Caribbean. The control of this invasive species is supported on Article 8 In-situ conservation subdivision "h" of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in which "prevents the introduction, control and eradication of those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitat or species”, as well as in Article 12 of the regional treaty “Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol” of the Cartagena Convention.

2011-07-05 04:53

The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Dresden (Germany) from 28 June to 1 July, has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now numbers 580 sites in 114 countries.

2011-06-28 05:00

The world’s oceans were at high risk of entering a phase of “globally significant” extinction of marine species, an international panel of marine experts warned at Headquarters today.

Speaking during a press conference to launch a new report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, the panel concluded that the combination of stressors on the ocean was creating the conditions associated with every previous mass extinction of species in history; the speed and rate of ocean degeneration was far greater than predicted; many of the negative impacts previously identified were greater than the worst predictions; and, though difficult to assess due to the unprecedented rate of change, the first steps towards a global extinction ma

2011-06-27 12:04

The Ningaloo Reef on the north-western coast of Australia is home to the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark, as well as to more than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral. The rich marine life includes soft and hard corals, manta rays, sea snakes, whales, turtles, dungeons and sharks. Australia is the country with the largest number of natural World Heritage Sites in the world.

“The Ningaloo Coast is a unique place with outstanding natural beauty and biological diversity, which plays an important role in the protection of marine species,” says Tim Badman, Director of IUCN’s World Heritage Programme. “The Coast tells an extraordinary story of biological isolation, climate change, the movement of continents and environmental conservation.”

2011-06-22 14:39

The 2nd Meeting of the Regional Initiative for the Conservation and Wise Use of Mangroves and Corals, organised by the Ecuadorian and Mexican Governments in coordination with the Ramsar Secretariat, took place from 14 to 16 June in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The event was opened by the Minister of Environment of Ecuador, Mrs.

2011-06-15 04:59

8 June 2011: In a message delivered on the occasion of World Ocean Day, Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of the Global Ocean Forum, called for commitment to achieve a significant ocean outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and announced the launch of "Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean."

2011-06-08 14:11

The ecosystem approach lays out a series of principles to guide management towards long-term sustainability of marine and coastal ecosystems. With this new guide on Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), UNEP seeks to assist countries and communities to take steps towards making marine and coastal ecosystem-based management operational - from strategic planning to on-site implementation.

2011-06-07 04:09

Gland, Switzerland, 6 June, 2011 (IUCN) – A new method for calculating the role that mangrove restoration plays in slowing climate change, by capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has been adopted.

The methodology is adopted under the UN climate change convention’s Kyoto Protocol, as part of the Clean Development Mechanism that supports emission reduction projects in developing countries. .

This will provide a significant boost to restoration efforts for mangrove forests, which grow in tropical and sub-tropical coastal regions and provide a wide range of biological services such as nurseries for juvenile fish and a source of timber for local populations.

2011-05-28 10:03

27 May 2011 - The Conservatoire du littoral, an IUCN member, has carried out an inventory of the mangroves in France overseas. For the first time it presents the extent and distribution of these ecosystems associated with coral reefs between the eight regions located in the Caribbean, Amazon, Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

The mangroves are ecologically, culturally and economically very important. They provide indispensable fish nurseries, filter coastal pollution and provide wood for local populations. They also play an important role in protecting the coasts from tropical storms and tsunamis.

2011-05-28 08:32

Montreal, 20 May 2011 – Challenges facing marine biodiversity are unprecedented. Life in the oceans is under serious threats. Continuously increasing human impacts in coastal areas have destroyed over 65% of seagrass and wetland habitat, degraded water quality and accelerated species invasions. It is estimated that the world has effectively lost 19% of the original area of coral reefs and 35% are seriously threatened with loss within the next decades. During the last two decades, 20% percent or 3.6 million ha of global mangrove cover have been lost. Roughly 80% of the world’s marine fish stocks are fully exploited or overexploited.

These challenges are unknown to the public at large.

2011-05-24 04:56

A practical guide for coastal resource managers to reduce damage from catchment areas based on best practice case studies (Catchment Management and Coral Reef Conservation), by Clive Wilkinson and Jon Brodie was released at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria BC Canada on 16 May.

The book aims to assist coastal resource managers deal with the problems arriving at the coast from rivers and streams. To date there has been no guide book for managers. The stimulus was that many coral reef managers reported on problems of sediment, nutrient, pesticide and litter pollution damaging their reefs and they did not know where to start.

2011-05-20 14:26

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (19 May 2011) - One of the world's most diverse and threatened marine ecosystems - the Coral Triangle - is getting Asian Development Bank (ADB) support to improve management of its rich resources and to provide job alternatives for people living in the coastal communities.

ADB has approved assistance of around $12 million for the Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project. It includes a $1 million grant from ADB's concessional Technical Assistance Special Fund, and $11.2 million in cofinancing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

2011-05-12 14:13

The new guidelines, "Indicators to address community-level social vulnerability" are meant to be an addendum to the existing regional SocMon/SEM-Pasifika guidelines. These indicators can be included in a socioeconomic assessment of any site for which climate change impacts are an important issue. The resulting information can then inform coastal management needs and adaptive management. Funding for this publication was provided by the Secretariat for the Pacific Environment Programme through the Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific (CRISP) and IUCN. In-kind support was provided by The Nature Conservancy and the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.