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Global Protected Area Partnerships
Formed in 2000 and launched globally in 2005, the Alliance for Zero Extinction(AZE) engages 88 non-governmental biodiversity conservation organizations working to prevent species extinctions by identifying and safeguarding the places where species evaluated to be Endangered or Critically Endangered under IUCN-World Conservation Union criteria are restricted to single remaining sites. The map below shows 587 sites for 920 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, conifers, and reef-building corals, providing a tool to defend against many of the most predictable species losses.
Established in 2010, Big Ocean is a network of managers and partners of existing and proposed large-scale marine managed areas (MMAs). The network aims to improve the effectiveness of management efforts, to serve as a peer learning resource and support system, and to build the professional standards of practice for this emerging genre of marine conservation.
Birdlife International Pacific is a partnership of independent organisations working together as one for nature and people. We create action through insight. Through our expertise on birds we act for nature and people. Through sharing local challenges we find lasting global solutions. Birdlife International is active in more than 120 countries worldwide.
Blue Solutions are….
…innovative concepts and practical approaches that inspire and facilitate action towards healthy and productive marine and coastal ecosystems
The Blue Solutions Project provides….
…a global platform to collate, share and generate knowledge and capacity for sustainable management and equitable governance of our blue planet
Through this project, we
CITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) are those areas of ocean for which no one nation has sole responsibility for management. They are the common oceans that make up 40% of the surface of our planet, comprising 64% of the surface of the oceans and nearly 95% of its volume.
The ABNJ comprise the high seas and the seabed beyond the (extended) continental shelf of coastal States and include complex ecosystems at vast distances from coasts, making sustainable management of fisheries resources and biodiversity conservation in those areas difficult and challenging.
The Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) is a partnership of conservation organizations that seek better ways to design, manage, and measure the impacts of their conservation actions. CMP members work together on issues related to impact assessment and accountability because collectively we have a greater chance of designing and implementing effective monitoring and evaluation systems and ultimately, enhancing program and project design and implementation. CMP strives to promote innovation in monitoring and evaluation of conservation efforts, serving as a catalyst within the conservation community.
As an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.
Who we are:Future Earth Coasts is the new name for the longstanding Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project.
The goal of LOICZ was “to provide the knowledge, understanding and prediction needed to allow coastal communities to assess, anticipate and respond to the interaction of global change and local pressures which determine coastal change.”
Science Review Compiling the year’s research uses of data accessed through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility 2014 (http://www.sprep.org/attachments/VirLib/Global/gbif-science-review-2014.pdf)
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $14.5 billion in grants and mobilized $75.4 billion in additional financing for almost 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.
Litter is found in all the world's oceans and seas, even in remote areas far from human contact and obvious sources of the problem. The continuous growth in the amount of solid waste thrown away, and the very slow rate of degradation of most items, are together leading to a gradual increase in marine litter found at sea, on the sea floor and coastal shores. It is an economic, environmental, human health and aesthetic problem posing a complex and multi-dimensional challenge.
The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is the only global intergovernmental mechanism directly addressing the connectivity between terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
GPA aims to be a source of conceptual and practical guidance to be drawn upon by national and/or regional authorities for devising and implementing sustained action to prevent, reduce, control and/or eliminate marine degradation from land-based activities.
The Global Strategy for the Conservation of Sharks and Rays (2015–2025) is the product of an intensive 18-month strategic planning process incorporating extensive data analysis and synthesis, including a set of background documents, several technical workshops, and ongoing consultation and review.
The Global Transboundary Conservation Network brings together more than 200 experts in transboundary conservation. The network was launched at the Vth International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and is facilitated by the Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group of IUCN's World Commision for Protected Areas (WCPA).
Our Environmental Conservation Program balances long-term conservation with sustainable use. We protect critical ecosystems. We establish models for collaboration that can be replicated and expanded around the globe. And we seek to create lasting change in how land, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems are managed.
Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. The human impact on our planet is unprecedented. Long-term changes in the earth’s climate system are significant. The Green Climate Fund was established with a mission to advance the goal of keeping the temperature increase on our home planet below 2 degrees Celsius.
The High Seas Alliance is a cooperative initiative of groups and organizations concerned with protecting the high seas — the regions of the world's ocean that are beyond national jurisdiction. Our mission is to conserve the world's high seas - which cover half of our planet.
The ICCA Consortium (established at a gathering during the 4th World Conservation Congress in 2008) is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to ICCAs (Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Areas and Territories) in the regional, national and global arena.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.
IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.
Our work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
Marine Affairs Research and Education (MARE) is a unique organization. With clients in more than 120 countries, it is dedicated to serving coastal and marine resource managers worldwide with programs to help them network with their peers, no matter their location or financial means.
By allowing incomparable peer-to-peer sharing of best practices, MARE speeds the improvement of resource management around the world. More than 70% of MARE clients state that its programs have made them more effective in their work
The Mountains Biome, part of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) was established in 1992 with 3 overall goals:
1) having IUCN play a strong role in the Mountain Agenda follow-up on chapter 13, agenda 21 from the Rio Earth Summit;
2) developing a support and exchange network of protected areas managers, researchers and other professionals, and;
3) promoting a greater awareness of values on mountain protected areas among the international community.
OceanElders is an independent group of global leaders who have joined together to serve as a catalyst in the conservation and protection of the ocean and its wildlife. These individuals use their collective influence, supported by science and data, to promote ocean conservation, pursue the protection of the ocean’s habitat and wildlife, and preserve its ecosystems and species biodiversity.
The Ocean Legacy Foundation has a primary mandate to research, educate and demonstrate the socio-economic and environmental benefits produced by managing plastic material streams that are treated as part of our Urban & Remote Waste Plastics Program. These objectives will be undertaken using environmentally sustainable Best- Practice strategies with proven technologies that are available to The Ocean Legacy Foundation.
Oceans 5 is an international funders’ collaborative comprised of new and experienced philanthropists dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans. We focus our investments and support on large, opportunistic projects and campaigns to establish marine reserves and constrain overfishing.
The Ocean Sanctuary Alliance (OSA) is a partnership of nations and leaders from across disciplines, whose mission is to restore and sustain the world’s ocean by securing global and national commitments to establish marine sanctuaries, ensure responsible fishing, and related efforts. OSA is committed to helping fulfill the promise of SDG 14 to regenerate the fish stocks of the Ocean for the benefit of all humankind.
The Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea was founded in 2007 by Dieter Paulmann, who has been a passionate private underwater filmmaker for nearly 40 years.
The Foundation has made it its task to, above all, promote science and improve the communication of scientific findings, and through this to increase our awareness concerning the various threats our oceans are facing, future challenges, new solutions and positive examples.
The National Geographic Society's Pristine Seas project identifies, surveys, protects, and restores the last truly wild places in the ocean. Through exploration, scientific research, economic and policy analysis, and outreach, Pristine Seas works to establish marine reserves where marine life can thrive—while ensuring that they will be effectively managed for years to come. Pristine Seas partners with heads of state, local governments and communities, NGOs, and business leaders.
This is the first of a new series of dialogues from Equilibrium Research, in light of current opportunities and pressures on protected areas, building up to the revision of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s biodiversity targets in 2020, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and wider patterns of economic and social development. The views are those of the authors and represent no other organisation or institution.
Dialogues are not referenced for reasons of space; key sources are available on request. The ideas outlined here build on our research since our founding in 1991, and in conversations and interaction with people throughout the world.
ProtectedPlanet.net is the online interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a joint project of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. The WDPA is managed at UNEP-WCMC in the Uunited Kingdom, supported by IUCN staff and the IUCN Commission on Protected Areas.
Protect Planet Ocean is an initiative by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP- WCMC). It is concerned with marine conservation and it houses data on marine protected areas (MPAs). You can explore the globe to view MPAs, however, the data for the Pacific Islands is sparse in comparison to Protected Planet.
Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Rather than studying environmental problems, Rare focuses on bright spots in conservation — successful efforts worth emulating. Over the past few decades, Rare has demonstrated a methodology to take locally-led solutions, bright spots, and repeat them in communities around the world.