23 - 27 February 2015, Lima, Peru
2 - 4 December 2014, Baltimore, United States of America
16 - 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
Protection of biodiversity in India has a long tradition with some remarkable success when it comes to terrestrial ecosystems. Similar efforts for marine areas along the coast proved to be much more difficult, mainly because of the enormous pressure on natural resources exerted by an ever increa ...
This side event will showcase some progress in West Africa towards Aichi Targets achievement. Species and habitats have been facing increasing pressure in West Africa: Overexploitation, critical habitat destruction, pollution, urbanization, growing extractive industry, and uncontrolled tourism ...
The Roundtable with Donors and Partners will feature the joint initiative of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the Partnership for Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia in supporting efforts in South East and East Asia to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity targets through integrated ...
The Japanese NGOs in marine fields(Marine and Coastal Biodiversity network-Japan, Nakatsu Waterfront Conservation Association, Kaimin Network, NPO Omotehama network, and Nature Conservation Society of Japan) would like to hold a side event for information exchange of status of coastal areas of J ...
This side event will highlight the efforts of the GEF partnership to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef and associated ecosystems and the achievement of the related Aichi Targets and provide an overview of programming opportunities within the GEF-6 biodiversity stra ...
The event will share information on coral reef planning and management approaches that safeguard or enhance coral reef resilience to increasing threats from climate change. Through presentations and panel discussion the event will review experiences and progress made, and discuss further actions ...
The event links to the Aichi CBD Target 11. The YSESP on-the-ground activities were implemented in Muan Tidal Flat Wetland Protection Area, Korea and Yalu River Estuary Coastal Wetland Natural Reserve, China. Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and Community Based Management (CBM) approach were app ...
This side event will highlight the importance of coral reefs and associated ecosystems (e.g., mangroves, seagrasses) for sustainable development and the need to enhance action towards Aichi Target 10. The main aspects of the Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reef ...
Two editors of the book and several of its authors will be presenting the book followed by questions and discussions by the audience. The book is coming out this month and will be officially launched in Oslo, Norway, August 26 2014.
This event will provide the details of the updated scientific synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity, as requested by COP 11 (decision XI/18).
This event will update the results of seven regional EBSA workshops held in various regions around the world, convened by the CBD Secretariat together with various global and regional partners, involving more than 100 Parties and other Governments.
3 - 4 October 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea
29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83526 (2014-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela; regional seas conventions and action plans; regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives
BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.
Portoroz, Slovenia - The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today with a landmark decision to impose better controls over any future whale hunts conducted for the purposes of so-called scientific research.
Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.
All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.
Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.
Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.
9 - 11 September 2014, Montreal, Canada
A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'
BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels
A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...
3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83496 (2014-108)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Maritime Organization; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes; other relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities
Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.
Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.
Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.
The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researc ...
Bubble streams off the US East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas.
Jamaica may be known for its sun and sea, but under the waves the country is batting to rebuild its coral reefs. Manmade reefs have begun to see success after the island's corals were decimated by disease and pollution.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Increased effort is needed to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is in serious decline and will likely deteriorate further in the future, according to a new report. “Greater reductions of all threats at all levels, reef-wide, regional and l ...
A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international water ...
Scientists were opposed to dumping millions of tonnes of dredged sediment but they were overruled
REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.
The ministry of environment and forests through the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding "assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, ...
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
ISLAMORADA, Fla. – It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.
14 - 19 August 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no real threat of massive industrial development in the region, but forward-thinking conservationists foresaw ...
The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.
Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found eelgrass beds could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets.
Warmer ocean currents will have far-reaching consequences for decades to come, study says
The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame.
Economic activity, as in this floating mariculture installation at Sanya, is having a dramatic effect on the health of China's seas.
Marine noise has been studied for it's impact on whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Might it also impact smaller creatures too? Eels, for example.
Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity
Bumphead parrotfish are noisy feeders. They break off large branches of corals using their powerful beaks, grind them up in their bodies to extract nutrients, and expel the undigested material in large cloudy plumes of feces.
A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcit ...
Heriot-Watt scientists have discovered new populations of deep-sea corals growing on the slopes of the UK's highest underwater mountain, a site recently added to the list of Scotland's new Marine Protected Areas.
Japan has concluded a two-and-a-half month whale hunt in the Pacific, killing 115 whales. It is the second campaign since the United Nations' top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate hunt in the Antarctic.
Tropical fish invading temperate waters warmed as a result of climate change are overgrazing algae, posing a threat to biodiversity and some marine-based industries.
The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity.
The ocean is home to many creatures, and all of them take their sustenance from this environment. One group of organisms use the ocean's calcium to create their shells and exoskeletons. These are the calcifiers, the mollusks, corals and starfish.
Months before oil exploration is slated to begin in the Canary Islands, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling on the Spanish government to abandon the search for oil and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins in the region.
The Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
he Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.
Unique research by Deakin University scientists using satellite tracking to monitor tagged green turtles has found the turtles move in and out of enormous protected marine conservation zones, exposing them to danger as they migrate from their breeding grounds to forage for food.
A world-first study has found that dredging can more than double the level of coral disease in reefs.
Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries
Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.”
The Worldwide Fund for Nature is urging Pacific fisheries to immediately halve their catch limits to preserve bluefin tuna stocks for the long-term.
The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn – which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested.
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa
Plant-eating tropical fish species are causing serious damage to algae and kelp forests in sub-tropical and temperate regions around the world, an international team of experts warn.
A European Union funded SmartFish programme has confiscated 300 kilograms of explosive, impounded 50 fishing vessels and prosecuted five cases of illegal fishing in Indian Ocean during the past 24 months.
Environmentalists fear ships could collide, spewing coal into world heritage-listed waters, disturbing fisheries and turtles
Many of the Caribbean's coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Oceans are rolling to the forefront of the global conservation agenda as the United States and Pacific island nations launch programs to protect global waters.
Documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information reveal that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) identified serious concerns with a huge marina development it later approved.
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, home to one of the world's rarest and most valuable collections of marine species.
Alaska's humpback whales swam a little closer on Wednesday to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years, a U.S. agency said
A new report by a group of former world leaders, including ex-prime minister Paul Martin, says fixing our oceans will require unpopular, expensive changes
Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas
Marine and coastal biodiversity: other matters
Unesco has delayed a decision on whether Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be declared as endangered.
Marine Spatial Planning in Practice—Transitioning from Planning to Implementation
Approval for dumping dredged material as part of Abbot Point coal development could place site on Unesco list of shame
US secretary of state tells international summit that oceans are vital security issue, calling for immediate action to save them
The great white shark population in the eastern part of the North Pacific Ocean is growing, a research team says.
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for East, South and South-East Asia
Update on the Process to Describe Areas in the North-East Atlantic Meeting the CBD EBSA Criteria
Scientist have finalized their findings about the threat of Mediterranean Sea warming and acidification on key species and ecosystems after a 3.5 year study.
TOKYO, June 16 (UPI) --Japan continues to hunt and kill whales, despite a ruling earlier this year by the International Court of Justice that said Japan's whaling activities in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica were a violation of international law.
9 June 2014 – Marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the landmark treaty that has become known as the “Constitution for the Oceans”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged Member States to recommit to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea on Tuesday over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the European Union, the world's biggest fish importer.
Scientists analyzed almost half a million fish bones to shed light on the population history of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in the North Pacific Ocean.
Greenpeace says idea of sustainable commercial whaling is 'rubbish', while governments say ICJ ban must be respected