Marine

Conserving Arctic and Antarctic Marine Biodiversity

This workshop will bring together experts from IUCN, Members and stakeholders from a number of countries active in marine conservation and management in the Arctic and the Antarctic. It will explore the biodiversity and biophysical values of the Arctic and Southern Oceans and develop ways to progress MPAs and integrated, ecosystem-based management (EBM) in both. These solutions have the potential to provide groundbreaking models for other ocean areas facing the twin threats of climate change and accelerating industrial activity.

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity: supporting its achievement though species conservation (SSC official session)

Species conservation is an entry point for the conservation of habitats and ecosystems as well as genetic diversity - all three components of biodiversity. The achivement of the Aichi targets would result in ´a diverse and sutainable world´.

Ocean +

The world has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty, but significantly less in managing the environment sustainably, particularly the ocean environment. Problems like pollution, overexploitation of fish stocks, biodiversity loss, overuse of water and land threaten countries´ development efforts.

High Seas Conservation: how can we manage our common oceans responsibly?

After years of discussion at the United Nations, many States are now calling for a new multilateral agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. Come get an update on threats to high seas biodiversity and gaps in governance, debate the advantages and disadvantages of a new legal agreement, contribute on ways to improve the effectiveness of existing agreements, and help plan a better future for our global ocean commons.

Locally managed marine areas, towards a global learning network

Local and indigenous communities are intricately linked to the ocean by livelihoods, culture, and science, thus binding their governance of the marine environment with its care and conservation. As we move toward the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2012 marine target, it is timely to consider the contribution of community-based management for the protection of marine biodiversity. Though we are globally short of our marine protection targets, we have underestimated the potential of communities in governing marine managed and protected areas.

Sustainable marine and coastal resource management in the Asia-Pacific in the context of international conservation targets

With increasing pressures on marine and coastal environments, there is an urgent need to share new and creative, as well as traditional and lesser known approaches to managing marine biodiversity and resources in a time of change. Communities in the Asia-Pacific region have long played a critical role in sustainable resource use and stewardship of the coastal and marine environment, and their knowledge and management approaches directly contribute to the IUCN 2012 Congress theme of “Nature+”.

Conserving and Restoring Coastal Wetlands Globally: Identifying Opportunities and Constraints

Coastal habitats such as shellfish reefs, mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes are the engines of prosperity for coastal communities and some of the most degraded ecosystems on earth. People depend on these habitats for food and, in some instances even protection from storms, but coastal habitats continue to be damaged by an array of acute and chronic stressors. As more people live in coastal areas, the loss of these habitats has local, regional and even global consequences, and restoration of these habitats is an element of marine conservation that will demand more attention.

Adopting Green Practices in Response to Oil Spills in 3 Regions

Catastrophic oil spills from offshore drilling, tankers or other ships produce some of the most dramatic and tragic environmental disasters that can impact local ecosystems and livelihoods. Because public policies in many countries do not demand accountability from responsible stakeholders to provide swift and concerted cleanup after oil spills, damage beyond the coping capacity of impacted local ecosystems can result in long-term socioeconomic and environmental damage to coastal areas.

High Seas Protected Areas: learning from success

This Knowledge Cafe will identify winning approaches that can be replicated on the high seas (areas beyond national jurisdiction), leading to the identification, designation and effective management of a representative system of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Through exchange of information on existing and emerging offshore MPAs and scenario studies of potential paths ahead, particpants will identify key elements for success. Participants will also share new scientific, analytical and legal tools for building systems of MPAs as part of a wider integrated ecosystem-approach.

PRCM : A West African Coalition for Biodiversity Conservation

In 2003, IUCN, FIBA, WWF, and Wetlands International launched the Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Program (PRCM) for West Africa. To date, this Coalition boasts a membership of over 50 organisations. This poster is designed to represent the Coalition, strong and in action, and refers to the motivating factors and key milestones of the partnership building process, as well as the major obstacles encountered and solutions provided.

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