Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/rg/78095 (2011-212)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant organizations
The Secretariat has prepared, with the assistance of a team of consultants, draft voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in EIAs and SEAs in marine and coastal areas using the guidance in Annexes II, III and IV to the Manila Workshop Report (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/14/INF/5). In prep ...English Spanish French
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/77653 (2011-194)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO; UNDOALOS; UNESCO–IOC; OBIS; ISA; UNEP-WCMC; GOBI; other relevant organizations
The Secretariat has developed a prototype repository, with financial support from the Government of Germany, in consultation with relevant organizations. This prototype repository is accessible at http://ebsa-review.cbd.int/ for your review and testing of the system.English Spanish French
The day marks the anniversary of forcing out the Portuguese navy of the Strait of Hormuz in the Capture of Ormuz (1622). The Persian Gulf has an area of about 241,000 square kilometers. Its length is some 990 km, and its width varies from a maximum of about 340 km to a minimum of 55 km in the St ...
19 - 21 November 2003, Nairobi, Kenya
On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we discuss what seashells can tell us about the state of the world’s oceans, and we hear about the challenges facing the Philippines’ marine protected area system.
11 February 2021, Online
In comic books, falling into a vat of toxic chemicals can give you super powers. The same is sort of true for one species of fish – with help from a superhero relative.
Voluntary Report on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biological Diversity
Today the government of Portugal expanded a marine protected area around the Selvagens Islands, creating the largest fully protected marine reserve in Europe at 2,677 square kilometers. The Selvagens islands are a small archipelago in the North Atlantic located midway between Madeira and the Can ...
The UN Oceans Conference, which is set to run until Friday in Lisbon, should define “drastic actions” to address the ocean emergency, Prime Minister António Costa tweeted on Tuesday after meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Lisbon.
Reference: SCBD/SSSF/JL/JA/JMQ/90315 (2022-036)
To: CBD National Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities; and relevant organizations
Preah Sihanouk province has set its sights on underwater tourism, as a new way to lure in national and international tourists, and open an ocean of rich biodiversity and scuba diving experiences to enthusiasts and beginners alike, according to tourism officials and experts.
A 10km fence to keep out foxes, deers and cats will be built across the Yanakie isthmus on Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory to create a 50,000-hectare native wildlife sanctuary.
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.
In 2004, the 7th Conference of Parties (COP7) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) drafted the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) to support the establishment and maintenance of comprehensive, effectively managed, and ecologically representative national and regional systems ...
For meaningful protection of the forgotten half of our planet, NZ must ensure the world is ambitious when negotiations for the High Seas treaty conclude at the United Nations, writes Helen Clark
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 ...
In the deepest reaches of the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica lies the Antarctic Bottom Water, a mass of the coldest, densest lower layer of water in Earth's oceans.
The protected reefs off the coast of Pilar town in Sorsogon have seen a notable increase in fish population, two years after the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines led a study on the extent of damage suffered by the reefs.
500 kilometers (310 miles) off the Pacific coast of Colombia lies Malpelo Island, a barren rock that marks the center of the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary World Heritage Site. While Malpelo is virtually devoid of vegetation larger than a shrub, it is considered a biological treasure for its ...
Description of areas meeting EBSAs criteria in North-East Atlantic region, building upon the Hyeres workshop in response to SBSTTA 16 recommendation, including the roadmap for the future refinement and finalization of Hyeres report, and the current status of the OSPAR MPA network.
As humans continue to emit record levels of carbon dioxide, we are putting marine habitats at risk. One consequence of these emissions, ocean acidification, is a serious threat to many undersea environments—especially coral reefs.
Using artificial intelligence, scientists are making progress toward protecting endangered species that are not meant to be caught.
When the river Magdalena in Colombia bursts its banks the water flows into a ciénaga, a unique wetland bursting with invaluable biodiversity. Today, climate change has put this under threat.
Marine protection offers a combined solution to several of humanity’s most pressing challenges as global heating intensifies and fisheries struggle. But how can governments convince communities that conservation gains are worth waiting for?
As soon as he could walk, Tom Goreau ’70 was swimming in the warm waters off Jamaica, where he grew up. He recalls water so consistently clear and blue he could see all the way down to the corals and marine life blanketing the bottom. His dad would dive below, releasing streams of bubbles that G ...
The best inventions are often first discovered in smaller scale, pilot projects, and test rounds – locally, or regionally, instead of globally. If these are, at the same time, closely connected to Governments, science communities and the commercial sector of several countries, the chances for su ...
As people mark World Oceans Day today, an overwhelming 94% of people in England and Wales believe the fate of the oceans and humans are inextricably linked, while more than half rate global ocean health as “poor or very poor”, according to a government survey.
The world’s oceans are the ultimate global commons, and as such, profits have been realised privately, but costs are borne by the public, with often the most marginalised and disadvantaged facing the greatest burdens.
31 March - 3 April 2004, Paris, France
Specialists seek to reverse the massive death of corals with a special treatment against the disease known as “white syndrome”, which could bring a highly negative impact in the local and regional economy in the medium term.
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/ac/57414 (2007-080)
To: CBD National Focal Points and relevant organizations
Pursuant to Decision VIII/24, paragraph 46, of the Conference of the Parties, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening an expert workshop on ecological criteria and biogeographic classification systems for marine areas in need of protection, from 2 to 4 Octobe ...English
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/80877 (2012-141)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of West African coastal and island Parties
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/80877 (2012-142)
To: Competent organizations and regional initiatives, including regional seas conventions and action plans, and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) in West Africa
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/77432 (2011-207)
To: National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in Greater Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic Region; other Governments; competent organizations and regional initiatives
Reference is made to the earlier notification (2011-166), dated 7 September 2011, regarding the nomination of experts to the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 28 February to 2 March 2012, i ...English Spanish French
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/rg/77026 (2011-160)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in Western South Pacific Region; other Governments; competent organizations and regional initiatives
Reference is made to the earlier notification (2011-136) sent on 22 July 2011 regarding the nomination of experts to the Western South Pacific regional workshop to facilitate the description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), which will take place from 22 to 25 Nov ...English Spanish French
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have collected rare imagery revealing rich marine biodiversity at Ningaloo Reef, after deploying baited underwater cameras to analyze various fish species.
Salmon anglers have called for urgent action to protect Scotland’s wild salmon after the lowest number on record were caught last year.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Record amounts of seaweed this summer have caused historic damage to beaches and cut tourism in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean, researchers and public officials say.
The world's oceans are heating up. Scientists have found that 2018 was the hottest year ever recorded for our oceans, and that they are warming even faster than previously thought.
The coral reefs at the Red Sea reserves are in grave danger as a result of rising environmental violations including illegal fishing by trawlers, whose nets threaten Egypt’s national wealth of coral reefs and wildlife and have harmed sea turtle and dolphin populations.
The coral reefs of the lesser Sunda-Banda seascape in southeastern Indonesia host some of the planet’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, which remain relatively untouched even as overfishing ravages sea life to the country’s west and all over the world.
In 2019, a hydrology professor at The University of Texas at Austin set out on a research project to see if he could identify harmful nutrients flowing through groundwater into a delicate coral reef sanctuary in the Philippines.
27 February - 3 March 2006, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
18 - 21 July 2005, Bridgetown, Barbados