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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

13 - 17 July 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea


Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2015

27 - 30 April 2015, Quito, Ecuador

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Why Hong Kong's remarkably diverse marine ecosystem is in peril

People who have lived in Hong Kong for some time know it is full of surprises. For conservationists currently marking the city's inaugural Ocean Appreciation Month, the occasion for a stocktake shows how special our surrounding marine environment is. But these qualities are a cause for concern a ...

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Seismic shift for blue whales

Australia's largest animals, blue whales, are said to be at risk from "ships of deaf" run by the oil and gas industry.

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Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Region

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Data to Inform the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Experts reject Japan's new whaling plan

International Whaling Committee say proposal to resume hunt in Southern Ocean offers no scientific evidence that it is necessary

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Environmentalists Work to Save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

In the coming months, the United Nations and the Australian government will square off over whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.

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Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.

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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 13 - 17 July 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84552 (2015-042)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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Chinese claim of South China Sea reclamation not causing damage unacceptable —DFA

(Updated 12:38 p.m.) The Philippines on Monday said it finds “unacceptable” China’s claim that its massive reclamation work in several disputed South China Sea territories are not causing marine environment damage, warning that that coastal states stand to lose $100 million annually from Beijing ...

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Hawksbill turtle rookery recovers from 150 years of exploitation

One of the last turtle populations in the world to be legally exploited for the 'tortoise shell' trade is finally recovering after a 25-year conservation effort, say researchers.

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Study: Protecting tropical reefs need not be a zero-sum game

A new study suggests that less draconian restrictions could still put many troubled reefs on the road to recovery. This could reduce friction between conservationists and those who depend on the reefs for their livelihood.

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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”.

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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


World Water Day

22 March 2015, Paris, France

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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.

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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.

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