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Call for medium grants now open

Launch of the second Medium Grant call for proposals for EU's Overseas Countries and Territories stakeholders

Indian Ocean, Polar/Sub-polar and South Atlantic regions are now able to seek funding for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). …  

02 May 2016 | Article

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Fishing boat, New Caledonia

Launch of the second Small Grant call for proposals for EU's Overseas Countries and Territories stakeholders

Sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Caribbean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding.  …  

25 Apr 2016 | Article

Special Report on the Ocean to be produced by the Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change (IPCC) with support of the Prince Albert II Foundation

IUCN is pleased to announce that its Patron for Nature HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, through his Foundation, has approached the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change) during its 41st session in February 2015, asking it to produce a Special Report on the Ocean, which marks a major milestone for Planet Ocean. …  

20 Apr 2016 | News story

BEST 2.0 Projects selected

New BEST Projects selected!

New BEST Projects selected! The European Commission has selected 8 medium-scale and 8 small-scale projects to be awarded grants, providing essential support in Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).  …  

20 Apr 2016 | Article

Carole Martinez, NetBiome-CSA Advisory Board Member

European Parliament hosts NetBiome-CSA conference

The European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) organised the final conference of NetBiome-CSA last Wednesday 6th of April entitled “Boosting Biodiversity Research Cooperation – A NetBiome Roadmap for European (sub)Tropical Overseas”.   …  

13 Apr 2016 | Article

French Polynesia

French Polynesian communities lead the way for creating the World’s largest Ocean Sanctuary

Communities from the Austral Islands, a remote archipelago comprising of five inhabited islands south of Tahiti have announced they want to create what would become the World’s largest ocean sanctuary – 1 million square kilometres (386,000 square miles) around French Polynesia, 163,000 square kilometres (63,000 square miles) larger than the current largest sanctuary of United Kingdom’s Pitcairn Islands.   …  

13 Apr 2016 | Article

Stewart McPherson presenting at the Royal Geographical Society

Britain’s Treasure Islands to be broadcast on BBC4 on the 12th and 13th of April

Following the lecture given by Stewart McPherson at the Royal Geographical Society in London on the 24th of March, the BBC has confirmed that the Britain’s Treasure Islands documentary will be broadcast as a three-part series starting on the 12th of April at 9pm GMT and repeated on the 13th at 8pm GMT. …  

13 Apr 2016 | Article

UN takes significant step towards a new treaty to conserve marine life beyond boundaries

New York, April 8, 2016.

In response to mounting concerns about declines in ocean health, States at the United Nations (UN) delivered some good news last week.  The first of four two-week UN Preparatory Committee sessions concluded on a positive note on Friday April 8, 2016  by identifying key elements for a new treaty to better protect and sustain the marine environment and marine life in the two thirds of the ocean beyond national boundaries and adopted a roadmap for the path ahead.  The next session will be convened from 26 August to 9 September 2016. …  

13 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-061-011, Miriam, Pretoma, Costa Rica, SOS Save Our SPecies, Hammerhead Sharks, Miriam Vargas

Hammerhead shark conservation in Costa Rican fishing communities

A day in the life of community leader Doña Miriam Vargas highlights her fishery’s work to protect Costa Rica’s hammerhead sharks – as described by Andy Bystrom, project coordinator with SOS Grantee PRETOMA.   …  

13 Apr 2016 | News story

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