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Jordan scrambles to save rare Red Sea corals that can withstand climate change

Dozens of tiny, dazzlingly colorful fish swim around a maze of layer upon layer of corals. When divers approach, they hide near a dome-shaped colony.

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Jordan’s Aqaba Reefs: Hard Corals Present Simple Solution

The solution to dying coral reefs may be lurking just under the surface of Red Sea waters. New studies reveal that Gulf of Aqaba coral reefs show resistance to climate change.

Side Event
COP 11

Journey through Marine and Coastal Biodiversity – the Youth perspective

This event – street theatre and presentation of the Go4BioDiv Declaration - is designed to take place on the Main Stage of the fair on the HITEX compound during a very prominent time, preferably in the early afternoon and on another date than the Go4BioDiv panel discussion on livelihoods (Side e ...

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Keep fish in the sea - and off our plates

During April, people across the world celebrated the Christian holiday of Easter. For many, this involves days of fasting or moderation as part of tradition or religious observance. In the UK and many other countries, this takes the form of abstention from red meat on Good Friday.

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Keep your head: the self-decapitating sea slugs that regrow their bodies – hearts and all

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then it’s unlikely that you are a sacoglossan sea slug (apologies to Rudyard Kipling).

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Keeping a Close Eye on the Ocean—from Afar

Upwelling regions account for just 1% of the world’s oceans, yet they are responsible for producing roughly half of the global fishing industry’s annual harvest—worth an estimated $362 billion as of 2016. These nutrient-dense, cool-water regions play a vital role in global ecosystems, supporting ...

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Keeping a Watch on Seaweeds: The Forests of the World’s Coasts

Macroalgal assemblages are highly productive and biodiverse ecosystems providing important functions and services, including provision of nursery areas, human food resources, and protection from coastal erosion.

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Killer whale that swam up France's River Seine in 'life-threatening condition'

A killer whale - orca - that strayed from the ocean and began swimming up the River Seine in France earlier this month is now at risk of dying, a researcher monitoring the mammal told local media.

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Lake habitats are disappearing as the climate changes

Global warming is increasing the temperatures of lakes worldwide—are species finding the temperatures they need to survive? Researchers led by scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) have quantified the long-term temperature changes in 139 lakes world ...

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Latest Discovery: Fish & Quid Found in the Central Arctic Ocean

Small fish are abundant in the 200-600 m deep Atlantic water layer of the Amundsen Basin, according to a unique hydroacoustic dataset collected by the EFICA Consortium, which revealed a "deep scattering layer" (DSL) consisting of zooplanktion and fish along the MOSAiC expedition's 3170 km long t ...

Side Event
COP 11

Launch of Indo-German Partnership Programme on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation

This will be an official side eventjointly organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (MoEF) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Government of Germany (BMU) to launch a new Indo-German partnership programme on “Coas ...


Launch of the Global Coral Portal

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/BSPG/AS/JL/JA/87674 (2018-093)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, International Coral Reef Initiative, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security, and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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Let's build on the plastics revolution – and save our marine habitats

If people knew the wonder of the UK’s marine habitats they would want to protect them – TV shows like Blue Planet can help. The life of a conservationist often feels like one long struggle, taking little-known challenges and trying to make them mainstream. How do environmental issues move from n ...

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Life in the abyss, a spectacular and fragile struggle for survival

Cloaked in darkness and mystery, the creatures of the deep oceans exist in a world of unlikely profusion, surviving on scant food and under pressure that would crush human lungs.

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Light, in addition to ocean temperature, plays role in coral bleaching

A study by University of Guam researchers has found that shade can mitigate the effects of heat stress on corals. The study, which was funded by the university's National Science Foundation EPSCoR grant, was published in February in the peer-reviewed Marine Biology Research journal.


List of Selected Experts for the Expert Workshop on Scientific and Technical Aspects Relevant to Environmental Impact Assessment in Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, Manila, Philippines, 18 – 20 November 2009

Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/69013 (2009-130)
To: all National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

Pursuant to the request by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in its decision IX/20, paragraph 10, I am convening, with financial support from the European Commission, an expert workshop on scientific and technical aspects relevant to environmental impact assessment in marine areas ...

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List of Selected Experts for the Expert workshop on scientific and technical guidance on the use of biogeographic classification systems and identification of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction in need of protection, Ottawa, Canada, 29 September – 2 October 2009

Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/va/67734 (2009-067)
To: all National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

Pursuant to the request by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in its decision IX/20, paragraph 19, I am convening, with financial support from the Governments of Canada and Germany, an expert workshop on scientific and technical guidance on the use of biogeographic classification sy ...

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Literature sheds light on the history and mystery of the Southern Ocean

If you look at a globe, you'll see that the Southern Hemisphere is bluer than the Northern Hemisphere. A huge 80% of it is ocean compared to 60% of the North.

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Longest coral reef survey to date reveals major changes in Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Coral reefs around the world are under increasing stress due to a combination of local and global factors. As such, long-term investigation is becoming increasingly important to understanding ecosystem responses.

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Lord Howe Island coral bleaching 'most severe we've ever seen', scientists say

Researchers have documented what they are describing as the most severe coral bleaching to hit the world’s southern-most reef at Lord Howe Island.

Side Event
COP 12


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 ...

Side Event
COP 12


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 ...

Side Event
COP 12


ABSTRACT: Marine spatial planning (MSP) can cover a broad range of initiatives that aim to maintain the use of resources and ecosystem services through careful planning of available coastal or ocean space - essentially any effort that attempts to reconcile more than one sector’s development obje ...

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Major discovery helps explain coral bleaching

An EPFL scientist has made a major breakthrough in the understanding of coral bleaching – a process that causes corals to lose their color and eventually leads to their death. The process is triggered by warmer ocean temperatures, and, according to the study, it begins much earlier than previous ...

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Malaysia plans to do more to protect our coral reefs and marine life

Malaysia has an extensive coastline of 4,675km in total and is hemmed in on all sides by seas – the Straits of Malacca, the Sulu Sea, the South China Sea and the Andaman Sea. And all these waters are located within the Coral Triangle, a rich marine ecosystem with nearly 600 species of corals and ...

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Maldives coral reefs show signs of resilience and recovery

Corals reefs in the Maldives are showing signs of resilience, adaptation and recovery from the effects of climate change, an annual survey has found. The survey was conducted in a 250km area in the central atolls by Biosphere Expeditions, Marine Conservation Society, Reef Check Maldives and loca ...

Side Event
COP 12

Managing coastal marine biodiversity in India: Can participatory approaches make a difference?

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 ...

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Manatee deaths in Florida point to a global decline in seagrass ecosystems

In July 2021, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 866 West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) had died in the state of Florida in the first seven months of the year alone. The news shocked and saddened many Floridians, for whom the gentle, slow-moving mammal is a statewide mascot, ...

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Mangrove conservation more valuable than ever thanks to carbon trading

When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution.

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Mangroves: a Super Solution

Mangroves are an amazing #ClimateAction Super Solution, they are effective carbon sinks, storing four times more CO2 than rainforests.

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Manmade coral reefs and Seabins: The best green innovations to mark the World Ocean Summit

Leaders from around the world have convened for the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi (5-7 March). The three-day conference has seen more than 75 influential speakers implore more than 400 guests from business, government and technology spheres to alleviate some of the key strains damaging t ...

Side Event
COP 11

Marine Biodiversity and Ocean governance – The youth perspective

This event is designed to take place in the main conference setting (HICC) during the lunch break (13.15-14.45) of the Conference. Go4BioDiv is an International Youth Forum, aimed at providing a platform to the youth to voice their opinion on the issues related to biodiversity during CBD-COP as ...

Press Release

Marine Biodiversity, Theme for the 2012 International Day for Biological Diversity

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. ...

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Marine Biologists are Making Efforts to Save Coral Reefs in Mariana Islands

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands' southern islands include some of the archipelago's oldest and most developed reefs, while the island of Saipan has one of the most diversified kinds of coral reefs and relate ...

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Marine Conservation Methods Paying Dividends In Oracabessa Bay

On Jamaica’s north coast, Oracabessa Bay’s biodiversity sustains its natural beauty and bounty, in addition to a sustainable source of income for those who learn how to dwell in harmony with nature. Ahead of tomorrow’s World Wildlife Day, Oracabessa Bay sits as a nesting site for the endangered ...


Marine Ecological Experts Workshop

2 - 4 November 2005, Ottawa, Canada

Side Event

Marine Genetic Resources and the Nagoya Protocol: Preparing the Marine Scientific Community

The oceans cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface, harbour more than 95% of its biosphere and are home to more than 34 of the 36 living animal phyla. Its enormous biological diversity makes the marine environment a vast and unique reservoir of undiscovered genetic information and biochemical ...

Side Event

Marine Spatial Planning and Management using the Ecosystem Approach: From Principles to Practice

This side-event will present findings of the Synthesis Document on the Experience and Use of Marine Spatial Planning (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/16/INF/18), and initiate a discussion on the necessary strategies and activities to build on the successes of MSP around the world. This event is being convened j ...

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Marine Virus Survey Reveals Biodiversity Hot Spots

Ocean samples collected from around the world produced a twelvefold increase in the number of marine viruses known.

Side Event
COP 10

Marine and Coastal protected Areas towards a better Governance of the Mediterranean

This side event aims at sharing the efforts of the Mediterranean region under the aegis of UNEP/MAP in making the Millenium Development Goals with regard to the protection of biodiversity and the creation of marine protected areas a reality in the Mediterranean region. 60 min event, including: ...


Recommendation VIII/3

Marine and coastal biodiversity: review, further elaboration and refinement of the programme of work


Recommendation XVI/4

Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas


Recommendation XVIII/3

Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas


Recommendation XVIII/4

Marine and coastal biodiversity: other matters


Recommendation XVI/5

Marine and coastal biodiversity: sustainable fisheries and addressing adverse impacts of human activities on marine and coastal biodiversity


Recommendation XI/8

Marine and coastal biological diversity: conservation and sustainable use of deep seabed genetic resources beyond the limits of national jurisdiction


Recommendation V/6

Marine and coastal biological diversity: implementation tools for the programme of work and analysis of coral bleaching

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