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The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets. One of the main marine outcomes is to increase the ocean area that is effectively and equitably managed in ecologically representative and well connected systems of MPAs or other effective conservation measures by 2030. These should include strictly protected areas that amount to at least 30% of each marine habitat and address both biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The Promise includes pledges from governments, international organizations, the private sector, Indigenous leaders, community groups and individuals, with many more still being recorded.
Key commitments on marine were made, according to the IUCN Press Release. Click here to learn more.
The MUA voyage is a story of 4 boats from 4 different departure ports from the Pacific islands to one final destination to deliver a message about their concern on climate change!
NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has awarded 21 K-12 schools in California with more than $74,000 in grants to help protect the health of the ocean.
The schools received a Ocean Guardian School grants to implement a hands-on school or community-based project that helps protect and conserve the health of local watersheds, the ocean and special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries.
The French Marine MPAs Agency welcomes you at the World Park Congress.
The Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), held in 2013 in France, aimed to deliver a new vision and new tools for achieving the goal of protecting 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020, as defined by the signatory Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Fulfilling this commitment cannot be done without taking users’ needs and behaviours into account. Creating marine protected areas is an effective means of conserving the marine environment.
Portofino Marine Protected Area (Italy) is organizing on December 6, 7 and 8, 2013, a film festival on MPAs around the globe. Film makers may answer its call for submissions until October 15, 2013.
Camogli International Marine Reserves Film Festival (INMARE) will showcase short-, medium and full-length films that raise public awareness of the strategic role marine protected areas play in protecting biodiversity.
Before the 6th World Parks Congress takes place, the 3rd International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA) is taking place from 9th November to the 11th November 2014 at the Stamford Grand Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. The ICMMPA is an informal group of international experts dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats.
In close partnership with IMPAC3, Marseille hosts in September and October 2013 exhibitions and seminars on the conservation of small islands in the Mediterranean and all around the globe.
While essential to maintaining biodiversity, small islands stand under increasing pressure from human activities: pollution, urbanization, overusage, invasive alien species.
Launched during IMPAC 3, the 3rd International marine protected areas congress, Ocean + Web TV invites you to join us at the World Parks Congress, organized by IUCN. It will be held from 12 to 19 November in Sydney, Australia. More than 5000 participants are expected. On this occasion, the Ocean + Web TV is launching a new call for films for the protection of the oceans.
The victory of the Liberal National Party Coalition in Australian federal elections on Saturday, Sept. 7, blurs the future of marine protected areas created only last year.
Just before the vote, now-Prime Minister Tony Abbott said last Wednesday that his government would review the boundaries of the new marine areas and scrap their just-finished management plans so that the fishing industry can be given a greater say.
The programme of the World Parks Congress finally takes shape with the launch of the preliminary programme! From the thousands of ideas, case studies and inspirational stories that were submitted from all over the world, the stream leaders and programme working group have designed a diverse and exciting schedule. While this programme will continue to develop over the coming months, the initial programme provides a comprehensive view of some of the sessions and events that will take place at the Congress.
At the Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro (Marshall Islands), sixteen states renewed on Wednesday, September 4, their commitment to fight climate change, notably through marine protected areas.
Pacific islands are directly threatened by the rise in sea levels: some atolls stand just 2-3 meters above the surface. The Majuro Manifesto is a call for immediate action, and will be presented at the United Nations general assembly in New York.
On 24 june 2014, in New York, the Global Ocean Commission, issued a groundbreaking new report that charts a course forward to save the high seas. The report advocates 8 recommendations to stop the plundering of the high seas, including the ban of state fuel subsidies by 2020.
Created in February 2013 to understand and analyze the threats to the high seas which covers 64% of the total ocean surface, the Global Ocean Commission is composed of former heads of state, ministers and business leaders.
The creation of the Manicouagan Aquatic Reserve, in the St. Lawrence Estuary, was announced on Aug. 22, 2013.
Covering 275 square miles, it will preserve an estuarine and marine zone harboring very diverse habitats, at the mouths of the Manicouagan, Outardes and Betsiamites Rivers.
On June 27, 2014, OSPAR adopted its long-awaited Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter, designed to promote concerted action to reduce marine litter in the North East Atlantic. The plan also includes measures to protect 16 vulnerable species and habitats. The Plan will address litter from both land and sea based sources and will result in a reduction in marine litter on coasts and beaches.
The return of sea otters to an estuary on the central Californian coast has significantly improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.
Seagrass was deemed to be heading for extinction in this region before the otters returned. Scientists found that the animals triggered a chain reaction of events that boosted the water-dwelling plants.
The creation of the Coral Sea natural park was announced on April 23, 2014, according to the government of New Caledonia’s decision headed by Harold Martin.
According to a new report from The Nature Conservancy, Wetlands International and the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, mangroves could be able to keep pace with sea level rise in some places.
The authors reviewed a broad range of existing evidence and found that mangroves can build up soil at rates of 1 to 10 mm per year.
On Oct. 26, the French Minister of Ecology announced several significant environmental initiatives at the Ajaccio Ministerial Conference for Ocean Conservation.
Philippe Marin, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, and H.S.H. Albert II of Monaco jointly dislosed the creation of a Trust fund for marine protected areas in the Mediterranean.
Two new studies show that ocean acidification is negatively affecting species and ecosystems, albeit to varying degrees. Acidification may also amplify global warming, according to a third study.
The oceans absorb more than a quarter of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere. They form a natural store without which the Earth would now be a good deal warmer. But their storage capacities are limited and the absorption of carbon dioxide results in their acidification.
Driven by Pas-de-Calais Département (France) and Kent County (U.K.), which are separated by the Strait of Dover, the European Straits Initiative brings together 15 local authorities whose shores are bathed by 8 European straits, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, with the North Sea and the Channel along the way.
Warming oceans are causing marine species to change breeding times and shift homes with expected substantial consequences for the broader marine landscape, according to a new global study.
The three-year research project has shown widespread systemic shifts in measures such as distribution of species and phenology -- the timing of nature's calendar - on a scale comparable to or greater than those observed on land.
On the occasion of Day 3, focusing on industry involvement, we talked about how MPAs and fishing interact with Serge Michel Garcia of IUCN's Fisheries Expert Group and Catherine Piante of WWF France. WWF provided momentum for the setting up of the Mediterranean network of MPA managers (MedPAN).
Remember to take advantage of the Early Fee while it is still time: Register until August 18 inclusive!
Student and group rates are also available. Payment of the registration fee for the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress grants access to the exhibition area, workshops, plenary sessions and catering facilities.
1.08 % of the Mediterranean is now set aside in Marine Protected Areas.
This what guests learned at an Ocean+ Evening Event held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and devoted to how regional MPA networks contribute to implementing the CBD Aichi targets, based on the Mediterranean experience
After several weeks of reading and brainstorming around the 700 contributions that we received from you to shape the next Congress, we finally managed to develop a program.
We are pleased to present it hoping that it not only meets your objectives, but also be a source of dialogue and sharing of experiences and expertise.
This afternoon, a steady breeze over Marseille harbor allowed En Haut!, a Mauritania-based association, to demonstrate the capabilities of their remote-controlled cameras.
The angle of the camera can be changed from the ground, allowing for both vertical and slanting views.
The Impac 3 team is happy to present the program of the next International Marine Protected Areas Congress !
The D day of the conference, which will be held from 21 to 27 October in Marseille and Corsica, is approaching. The launch of the new program and the registration process (discount until August 18 inclusive) are a key step towards the Congress.
On the occasion of Day 2, dedicated to science and knowledge, an MPA manager (Jon Day, Great Barrier Reef) and a scientist (David Obura, CORDIO) discuss to what extent science can help make sound decisions.
IUCN invites you to join and support its team for the 2013 swim across Lake Léman!!!
Ecosystem services are things produced by nature that benefit to people. Some of those benefits have a well-defined economic value: a healthy ocean produces fish and attracts tourism, for instance. But the sea also produces a sense of wellbeing, which is less easily circumscribed.
Russia has stalled U.S. and European initiatives to establish no-take marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, ending a landmark meeting to debate protections for Antarctic wildlife.
The defeat came at an extraordinary gathering in Germany of the intergovernmental Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which concluded without an agreement.
François Simard is Deputy Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme. He was instrumental in defining the aims, scope and program of the congress.
After Australia and the United States, this is IMPAC's third edition. The congress is now mature and widely recognized, with over 1,000 participants.
On June 24 in Marseille, the Agence des aires marines protégées (French MPA Agency) showcased the results of the MEDSEACAN and CORSEACAN campaigns, dedicated to the exploration of underwater canyon heads in the northwestern Mediterranean.
From November 2008 to August 2010, both campaigns mapped underwater valleys that cut deeply into the edge of the Mediterranean continental shelf.
Today, Oct. 22, François Gauthiez (French MPA Agency) and Patricio Bernal (IUCN) tell us how science interacts with MPA management.
Each day of the Congres is dedicated to a specific topic, under the coordination of two facilitators.
Seizing on the occasion of the official launch of IMPAC3 in Paris, on June 5, and of World Ocean Day, on June 6, 2013, the Facebook page of the French Ministry in charge of the environment highlights the role of marine protected areas.
From Sunday to Monday, Oct. 21, the exhibition hall inside Pharo Palace transformed overnight from a bare hall cluttered with boxes, tubes and jumbled chairs into a (relatively) orderly, welcoming and colorful space.
The dominant tone is yours to guess!
On June 5, 6:30 pm, the Agence des aires marines protégées (French MPA Agency) and Géode (a science-oriented Omnimax cinema housed inside a geodesic dome) are joining forces to officially launch the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3)
Just before World Oceans Day, a press conference is hosted jointly by Paul Giacobbi, Chair of the board of the Agence des aires marines protégées, and by Claudie Haigneré, Chair of the board of Géode.
Effective management and more funding for marine protected areas are urgently needed to secure a longer life for our oceans and the vital services they provide, urges IUCN at the 3rd International MPA Congress (IMPAC3), which opens today in Marseille, France.
A target of at least 10 % of the world’s marine and coastal zones to be protected by 2020 was agreed by most of the world’s governments in 2010.
Morocco is about to create three test MPAs in an effort to contribute to the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.
Under the leadership of the Agence du partenariat pour le progress (APP), a Moroccan public agency created in 2008, three test sites were selected, based on an review by the National institute of Fisheries Research (INHR).
Statement by Mr Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, read by Ms.Jihyun Lee, Chief Environmental Officer for Marine and Coastal Biodiversity on the occasion of the opening of the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress.
Note: In 2010 in Nagoa (Japan), the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity defined Aichi Target 11 -- Covering 10 percent of the oceans with a comprehensive, ecologically representative network of marine protected areas by 2020.
The international community will use the MAIA database to collect and publish information on the MPAs of the Atlantic arc.
MAIA is the network of MPA managers of the European Atlantic coastline, from the northern tip of Scotland down to the Azores.
Tune in Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 21-24, to watch three daily plenaries: 8:45-9:45am, 2:30-3pm and 5-6pm.
We are now hard at work building the Congress program! Abstract submissions closed on May 10, and the response has been overwhelming: in the course of just under two months, over 700 abstracts have been collected.
A big thank you to all who contributed! The final count shows how diverse you are, in terms of both geographical origins and interests: this bodes well indeed for the breadth and depth of exchanges in October.
Managers of the 46 marine sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will meet in Ajaccio (Corsica, France) from 18 to 20 October to explore ways to advance the interests of marine conservation worldwide.
Marine World Heritage sites, often referred to as “the crown jewels of the oceans,” represent one quarter of all protected marine areas in terms of the surface they cover.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), co-organizer of IMPAC3, published on May 8 a new global standard for the creation, by 2025, of a Red List of Ecosystems under threat.
The IUCN already maintains a Red List of Threatened Species. The new list will supplement it through an ecosystemic approach.
Immediately after the technical core of the congress in Marseille, governements and major international marine-conservation institutions will consider what policy initiatives are needed to fulfill international targets.
The conference is separate from the rest of the congress and open on invitation only.
For scientists studying summer sea ice in the Arctic, it’s not a question of “if” there will be nearly ice-free summers, but “when.” And two scientists say that “when” is sooner than many thought — before 2050 and possibly within the next decade or two.
The home stretch to Marseille proved epic. Program tweaks, flight bookings, press invitations, WebTV developments… Amid the storm, it sometimes felt like we would never touch ground. But now October 21st is on us, we’ve rounded the jetty, and the swell is smoothing out. We’re ready for a reunion.
We managed to weather the squalls, and we owe it to all of you who contributed contents. You answered innumerable emails to define the list of sessions and structure discussions. Our gambit was to allow room for initiative in order to foster exchanges.
A new study by marine-conservation scientists and policy experts finds that the world is actually on track towards meeting global marine protection goals, but warns that numbers alone cannot be a measure of success.
An international panel of marine scientists, including IUCN experts, 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.
Many prominent players of ocean conservation gather in Paris today, 11 April 2013, to consider the protection of biodiversity in the high seas.
Organized around the French ministers in charge of the Environment, Delphine Batho, and of the Sea, Frédéric Cuvilier, this meeting reflects French efforts to carry forward the international commitments made in 2012 at Rio+20 for the sustainable management of marine resources in zones beyond national jurisdiction.
Oceanplus.tv is the Web TV of the 3rd International Congress of Marine Protected Areas. It talks about oceans, marine biodiversity in general and marine protected areas in particular.
The framework agreement binding France and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was officially published on March 26, 2013. It opens up new cooperation perspectives in terms of international environmental governance.
Created in 1972 and based in Nairobi (Kenya), UNEP promotes the protection of resources worldwide as a fundamental aspect of economic and social development.
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) Conservation Trust announced the initial capitalization of its trust fund, which will provide ongoing support for Kiribati’s 408,250 square kilometer marine protected area (MPA), the world’s largest Unesco World Heritage Site.
The funds were received in two contributions of USD 2.5 million each from the Republic of Kiribati and the nonprofit organization Conservation International (CI).
Welcome to the website of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress!
The Ocean is a public good entrusted to humankind. The international community, and each of us, must assume a share of responsibility in ensuring it is protected and sustainably managed. Marine ecosystems and biodiversity bring strategic benefits, including securing food, developing economies and regulating the global climate.
Staff from six marine protected areas from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines recently trained in lionfish capture and handling during the third annual networking meeting of the marine protected areas of the Grenadines, from August 28 to August 30, 2013 in Carriacou.
Grenada Sustainable Grenadines, an integrated development and biodiversity conservation NGO, gave rangers/wardens from the two countries an opportunity to get hands-on experience in managing lionfish.