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These were the barriers I kept coming up against": How an ecologist-turned-manager documented the scientific obstacles to MPA management, and his advice to improve the situation

15 December, 2017
Three years ago, Chris Cvitanovic and a team of researchers published a study that found that only 14% of the information cited in MPA management plans was from primary scientific sources – from journals, in other words. One reason for this shortfall was that most journal articles require expensive subscriptions, which managers and their agencies cannot afford.  Click on the link below to read the full article.

United States - Trump’s Monumental Mistake In The Pacific

15 December, 2017
Shrinking a national marine protected area near Hawaii and allowing fishing are not in the nation’s best interests. Click on the link below to read the full article.

If MPAs had a legal right to be managed well, would that end the problem of paper parks? This campaign suggests it would

14 December, 2017
If MPAs and the ecosystems and species within them had a legal right to be healthy and managed well, what effect would this have on sites? According to a campaign that proposes such legal rights, one outcome would be the end of the problem of paper parks. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Global gathering to tackle coral reef crisis

14 December, 2017
Current and emerging leaders converged in the Great Barrier Reef to learn and share ideas for tackling the crucial challenge of protecting coral reefs as part of the 2017 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Program. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Fishing commission’s moves on conservation praised

14 December, 2017
The Pacific environmental agency SPREP says it's happy with the progress made on conservation issues at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in The Philippines last week. Click on the link below to read the full article.

UNGA Adopts Resolutions on Oceans

14 December, 2017
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two resolutions that aim to advance implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Click on the link below to read the full article.

World Heritage Outlook 2 - East Rennell, Solomon Islands

14 December, 2017
According to the recently launched IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2, The only site with a critical outlook in the Pacific region is East Rennell, Solomon Islands which was inscribed in 1998 and has long been celebrated as the first natural WH site under customary ownership and stewardship... According to the Outlook assessment, the local community needs more government, financial and technical support to better protect and manage the site, which has also been on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger since 2013.

World Heritage Outlook 2

14 December, 2017
The latest IUCN World Heritage Outlook provides an independent assessment of the state of conservation of our natural heritage and its potential to be maintained in the future. It shows World Heritage sites have a role in demonstrating excellence and becoming leaders in nature conservation. Click on the link below to learn more about the conservation outlook of natural World Heritage sites.

Travelling birds generate eco-travellers: The economic potential of vagrant birdwatching

14 December, 2017
Avitourism is one of the faster growing subsectors of ecotourism, recognized for its economic value. Much of our current understanding of the economic value of avitourism revolves around bird festivals, migration events, or well-known birdwatching sites.  Click on the link below for details on how to access the full article.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): The Source-to-Sea Sustainability - Integrated Cycles in Wastewater and Nutrient Management

14 December, 2017
The Source-to-Sea Sustainability - Integrated Cycles in Wastewater and Nutrient Management MOOC developed in joint collaboration between the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) and the Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I), commences on 15 January 2018.  Registration for the course is now open. Click on the link below for further information and to register for the MOOC.

United States - Groups Ready Suit Over Humpback Whale Protection

14 December, 2017
Fishing nets are just one of many problems the humpback whale population faces along the Pacific Coast, and a conservation group says the Trump administration is not doing enough to protect the whale’s habitat. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Digital footprints: Incorporating crowdsourced geographic information for protected area management

14 December, 2017
This study contributes to the spatial-temporal understanding of human visitation and distribution patterns in protected areas by leveraging digital footprints, manifested as publicly shared geotagged photos, as an efficient spatial data source to (1) model spatial distributions of visitor use to identify patterns of visitation at multiple temporal scales and (2) assess relationships between infrastructure, environmental factors, and visitor distribution patterns. Click on the link below for details on how to access the full article

Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas (CAMPA)

14 December, 2017
Climate change poses serious threats to many coastal and marine systems, including those being managed as protected areas. Yet people responsible for the management of coastal and marine protected areas (CMPAs) do not have to wait and see their sites deteriorate, but can take active steps to minimise the detrimental impacts of climate change. The following manual describes an approach – Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas (CAMPA) – for developing climate adaptation measures in CMPAs.  Click on the link below to download the full CAMPA manual.

TURNING POINT: Community Participation in Crime Prevention

14 December, 2017
A notable intervention conceived by marine scientists to arrest the deteriorating quality of ocean habitats and declining resources is the establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs). Click on the link below to read the full article.

Palau Pledge

14 December, 2017
Learn why the children of Palau have written a pledge that every visitor to their home has to take. Palau is the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection. Upon entry, visitors need to sign a passport pledge to act in an ecologically responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans. Click on the link below to learn more about the pledge.

Red, white and Blue Planet: Britannia STILL rules the waves in protecting sealife, says ZAC GOLDSMITH

14 December, 2017
Earlier this month, more than 80 million people in China watched the BBC’s Blue Planet II – enough to slow down the entire country’s internet when it was streamed online. Around the world, people have been enthralled by the David Attenborough series which gives a peerless insight into life under the sea. Click on the link below to read the full article.  

2018 Boyd N Lyon Graduate Student Scholarship

14 December, 2017
The Ocean Foundation and The Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund seek applicants for the Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship, for the academic year 2018. This Scholarship was created in honor of the late Boyd N. Lyon, a true friend and respected researcher who had a unique passion for the study and preservation of the majestic sea turtle..,Applications are invited from Masters and Ph.D.

Papua New Guinea gets its largest-ever conservation area

14 December, 2017
On November 29, government officials declared the establishment of the Managalas Conservation Area. It is Papua New Guinea’s largest conservation area, encompassing 3,600 square kilometers of rainforest. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Conserving the Pacific’s fish stocks

14 December, 2017
The western and central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries, supplying global markets with canned tuna, sashimi and other tuna products...Conservation is increasingly a concern as some tuna and associated species are threatened by overfishing.  Click on the link below to read the full article.

FAO: Call for Expression of Interest for Technical Specialists (VA#170290)

08 December, 2017
 A Call for Expression of Interest for Technical Specialists (VA # 170290) for Asia and the Pacific region was recently advertised on FAO’s new recruitment portal called Taleo. The call is open until 30 June 2018 and all interested and qualified candidates must apply in order to be considered for interviews and possibly qualify for organizational roster of consultants that RAP will develop for the region. The announcement lists different technical and functional areas and the regional office will start interviewing and developing rosters for all fields.

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