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Meeting
#5498

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2015

27 - 30 April 2015, Quito, Ecuador

News Headlines
#103313
2015-03-30

Is Australia meeting the UN recommendations for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released jointly by the federal and Queensland governments last weekend, claims that both governments “have responded to all recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and indeed have gone further”.

Meeting Document
#103262
2015-03-24

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/3/2

Report of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

Meeting
#5470

World Water Day

22 March 2015, Paris, France

News Headlines
#103224
2015-03-20

Bottom trawling reduces size of commercially important flatfish

Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.

News Headlines
#103213
2015-03-19

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.

News Headlines
#103182
2015-03-17

What’s in your soup? It could be manta ray

In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.

Meeting Document
#103173
2015-03-16

UNEP/CBD/EBSA/WS/2015/1/3

Data to Inform the CBD North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

News Headlines
#103166
2015-03-16

Australia Bans Dumping Along Barrier Reef

Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there

News Headlines
#103134
2015-03-13

Government corruption in South Africa contributes to overfishing, study finds

Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.

News Headlines
#103118
2015-03-12

Dolphins, diatoms and sea dragons join census of all known marine life

Taxonomists undertaking the daunting task of compiling a list of every species in the sea say that there are 228,445 known marine organisms. The team from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has eliminated 190,400 previously listed species, because they were duplicate identities.

News Headlines
#103106
2015-03-11

World’s whaling slaughter tallied

Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.

News Headlines
#103107
2015-03-11

UN report warns of grave consequences if mangroves not protected

Protecting Mangrove Forests Good For Environment And Economy: UN Global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

News Headlines
#103115
2015-03-11

A sea change for ocean resource management

Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.

News Headlines
#103116
2015-03-11

WoRMS catalogue downsizes ocean life

A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.

News Headlines
#103091
2015-03-10

Human impacts are 'decoupling' coral reef ecosystems

There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.

News Headlines
#103071
2015-03-09

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.

News Headlines
#102973
2015-03-02

Algal species helps corals survive in Earth's hottest reefs

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The warming ocean has researchers worried large swaths of corals could suffer bleaching events, jeopardizing their health and the rich biodiversity that depends on them. But not all corals in warm water reefs are affected equally.

News Headlines
#102930
2015-02-25

US sea level north of New York City 'jumped by 128mm'

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found.

CBD
Meeting
#5406
News Headlines
#102890
2015-02-23

World Closes in on Consensus to Regulate Fishing on the High Seas

The high seas—the vast roiling ocean that reaches beyond a coastal states’ 320-kilometer exclusive economic zone, or EEZ—is Earth’s largest biosphere.

News Headlines
#102881
2015-02-20

Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'

The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

News Headlines
#102882
2015-02-20

Global coral reef project plunges into the Indian Ocean

Scientists conducting a global study of coral reefs are surveying the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean after selecting it as the latest destination to gather data to aid worldwide conservation efforts.

News Headlines
#102841
2015-02-19

World's coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns

2015 could see coral bleaching on a global scale for the third time in history – and the first in the absence of an El Niño.

News Headlines
#102842
2015-02-19

Record number of sea lion pup strandings blamed on warmer ocean

More than 900 hungry infants rescued along California coast as mothers fail to return soon enough from difficult hunt for fish, say US scientists

News Headlines
#102831
2015-02-18

Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

Last month, a group of marine experts — including lead author Douglas McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara — published a groundbreaking study in the journal Science that delivered a sobering message: The world’s oceans are on the verge of major change that could ...

News Headlines
#102814
2015-02-17

Penguins lost ability to taste fish

Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered.

News Headlines
#102790
2015-02-13

New techniques reveal how microbes shape the health and biodiversity of oceans

Microbes in the ocean take up massive amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to the global carbon cycle and affecting climate change

Meeting Document
#102762
2015-02-12

UNEP/CBD/MCBEM/2014/4/2

Report of the Expert Workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and A Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning

News Headlines
#102718
2015-02-11

A Bold Vision to Protect our Oceans Permanently

The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today.

News Headlines
#102702
2015-02-10

Australia's Great Barrier Reef At Risk Of Becoming 'Dumping Ground': WWF

The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change, and could be “severely damaged” unless the Australian government bans the dumping of waste from dredging, according to a report released on Monday by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

News Headlines
#102680
2015-02-06

Local Pollutants Compound Threats to Coral Reefs

NEW YORK, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) - A recent study suggests that one of the multiple threats to coral reefs contains both the problem and solution.

News Headlines
#102685
2015-02-06

'You can't use an ocean to decimation'

Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.

News Headlines
#102686
2015-02-06

Marine heatwaves threaten the future of underwater forests

Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible wildlife, important fisheries, and tourism.

News Headlines
#102615
2015-02-04

How will ocean acidification impact marine life?

A new analysis provides a holistic assessment of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms including coral, shellfish, sea urchins, and other calcifying species.

News Headlines
#102597
2015-02-03

Mercury levels in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

News Headlines
#102601
2015-02-03

Row Erupts over Jamaica’s Bid to Slow Beach Erosion

KINGSTON, Feb 2 2015 (IPS) - A plan that government says will slow the rate of erosion on Jamaica’s world-famous Negril beach is being opposed by the people whose livelihoods it is meant to protect.

News Headlines
#102602
2015-02-03

'Sitting on the cliff of a species extinction'

A report published in the journal Science this month analyzed the health of global marine populations and the impact humans are having on it. DW talked to the study's lead author Douglas McCauley

News Headlines
#102583
2015-02-02

Blue mussels not yet the bellwether of NE coastal environment

Mussels could be the perfect 'sentinel' species to signal the health of coastal ecosystems.

News Headlines
#102585
2015-02-02

Population genomics unveil seahorse domain

In a finding vital to effective species management, a team of biologists has determined that the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) is more a permanent resident of the western mid-Atlantic Ocean than a vagrant.

News Headlines
#102590
2015-02-02

Australia Assures U.N. on Barrier Reef

Government Defends Management of Marine Ecosystem Amid Concerns It Hasn’t Done Enough

News Headlines
#102564
2015-01-30

Previous climatic shifts deprived oceans of oxygen

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Dead zones -- massive stratified columns of oxygen-deprived water -- could become the new normal in oceans around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. New research, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, links ancient climate change to dead zon ...

News Headlines
#102565
2015-01-30

Scientists investigate link between skyrocketing sea slug populations, warming seas

A team of California scientists believes a far-flung Okenia rosacea bloom -- along with a slew of other marine species spotted north of their typical ranges -- may signal a much larger shift in ocean climate and a strong forthcoming El Niño.

News Headlines
#102551
2015-01-29

Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

A new study of marine organisms that make up the 'biofouling community' -- tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships' hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world -- shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification.

News Headlines
#102540
2015-01-28

'One in five fish linked to illegal activity'

The EU has imposed sanctions on imports from Sri Lanka's fisheries after the country failed to curb illegal fishing.

News Headlines
#102543
2015-01-28

Goverments Will Forge First Treaty Protecting Global Oceans

NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.

News Headlines
#102468
2015-01-21

Final Push to Launch U.N. Negotiations on High Seas Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.

News Headlines
#102454
2015-01-20

Australian government seeks to opt out of protection of five shark species

The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.

News Headlines
#102436
2015-01-19

Marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.

News Headlines
#102416
2015-01-16

Empty seas? Scientists warn of an industrialized ocean

This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.

News Headlines
#102420
2015-01-16

Sixth Extinction Proves Slower at Sea

When we consider the state of wildlife on the planet, the general consensus is that humanity hasn't had the best track record with species extinctions.

News Headlines
#102394
2015-01-15

Climate, friends influence young corals choice of real estate

Researchers in Queensland have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.

News Headlines
#102396
2015-01-15

Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers

The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper.

News Headlines
#102369
2015-01-13

Protecting the Maldives' coral reefs

Global warming threatens coral reefs around the world. Matthias Hammer, director of Biosphere Expeditions, talks to DW about involving local communities in reef conservation in the Maldives.

News Headlines
#102347
2015-01-09

Old whales - good genes

Bowhead whales get old - very old. They can roam the Arctic seas for up to 200 years. Now, researchers have found that the key to the whales' longevity might just lie in their genes.

News Headlines
#102302
2015-01-07

Cool deep-water protects coral reefs against heat stress

1991, 1995, 2003, 2010 - again and again, increased water temperatures lead to bleaching with fatal consequences for stony corals in the Andaman Sea.

News Headlines
#102280
2014-12-19

Coral Reefs Could Soon Fall Silent As Ocean Acidification Ravages Ecosystems

Doug E. Fresh may have some competition in the beatboxing arena from unlikely source. It’s not from some underground phenom but rather an underwater rising star, or well, fish.

News Headlines
#102286
2014-12-19

Tanzania: Saving Marine Ecosystem From Damage Resulting From Oil and Gas Development

IN the middle of waves of expectations of super earnings from extraction of natural gas resulting from continued discoveries in Tanzania and elsewhere in the region, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an organisation dedicated to protecting the natural environment is concerned over threats ag ...

News Headlines
#102270
2014-12-18

Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy

It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing a huge amount of good work we knew little about.

News Headlines
#102230
2014-12-15

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts

News Headlines
#102179
2014-12-09

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.

News Headlines
#102150
2014-12-05

Isolated for 70,000 years, Arabian Sea humpbacks genetically distinct

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.

News Headlines
#102148
2014-12-04

A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.

News Headlines
#102048
2014-11-28

Another human footprint in the ocean: Rising anthropogenic nitrate levels in North Pacific Ocean

Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle -- for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification -- have been observed for decades.

News Headlines
#102005
2014-11-27

Cute, cuddly gray seals are mutilating porpoises in the North Sea

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists had always assumed gray seals only preyed on fish. Though there had been the odd sighting of what looked to be seals attacking porpoises, there was no conclusive corroborating physical evidence.

Meeting Document
#102003
2014-11-26

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/3/INF/2

Background Document on the Preparation of Practical Guidance on Preventing And Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Meeting Document
#101984
2014-11-25

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/3/INF/1

Compilation of Submissions by Parties, Other Governments and Relevant Organizations to Support the Discussions of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

News Headlines
#101974
2014-11-25

Goce gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Notification
#2265
2014-11-24

Selected Experts for the CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats, 2 to 4 December 2014 - Baltimore, United States of America

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84092 (2014-134)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant organizations; and indigenous peoples and local communities

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News Headlines
#101946
2014-11-21

Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

News Headlines
#101906
2014-11-18

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

News Headlines
#101909
2014-11-18

Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota after UN court ruling

Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.

News Headlines
#101913
2014-11-18

Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water

TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.

News Headlines
#101888
2014-11-14

Extinction risk may be overrated but reefs still vulnerable

We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.

News Headlines
#101868
2014-11-13

Can't dump on Great Barrier Reef but you can next door

This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#101870
2014-11-13

The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer

Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.

News Headlines
#101833
2014-11-11

A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Experts warn of the jellification of the oceans.

Notification
#2259
2014-11-10
Action by
2014-12-22

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Indian Ocean region, 23 to 27 March 2015, and Training Session on EBSAs, 22 March 2015 – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84084 (2014-128)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-East Indian Ocean region; FAO; IMO; SACEP; BOBLME; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Notification
#2260
2014-11-10
Action by
2014-12-22

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, 20 to 25 April 2015, and Training Session on EBSAs, 19 April 2015 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84008 (2014-129)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-West Indian Ocean and adjacent gulf areas region; FAO; IMO; ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; PERSGA; ROPME; AGEDI; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Notification
#2261
2014-11-10
Action by
2015-02-15

Request for scientific information to support the objectives of the CBD regional workshops to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) in: (i) the North-East Indian Ocean region; and the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas region

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84009 (2014-130)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO; IMO; ISA; IOC-UNESCO; UNEP-WCMC; UNEP-ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; AGEDI; GOBI; PERSGA; ROPME; BOBLME; SACEP; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives

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News Headlines
#101785
2014-11-05

Small fish in a big pond: the plight of the lemon damsel fish

Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean

News Headlines
#101771
2014-11-04

UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales 'need legal protection'

The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such ‘marine megafauna’.

News Headlines
#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

News Headlines
#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

News Headlines
#101660
2014-10-28

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’

News Headlines
#101618
2014-10-24

Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

News Headlines
#101629
2014-10-24

Acid oceans: the risk from carbon emissions

Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions

News Headlines
#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

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