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High level dialogue – Rebuilding coral reefs
The ICRS assembled a team of experts to highlight the urgency of taking action to conserve and restore reefs through protection and management measures. They created the paper “Rebuilding Coral Reefs: A Decadal Grand Challenge” which provides a summary of the most relevant and recent natural and social science findings and their implications for the numerous discussions at the global level.
Check out our MPAs outlook dashboards and infographics!
Did you know that the Western Indian Ocean region has declared 143 marine and coastal areas as protected? And that Seychelles has brought 30% of its Exclusive Economic Zone under protection, while South Africa declared 20 new MPAs? Find out more about how these and the rest of the countries of the WIO region have progressed towards achievement #SDG 14.5 in our dashboards and infographics!
Did you read it?: Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas Outlook
The Marine Protected Areas Outlook, from the Nairobi Convention and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, documents progress made by countries in the region towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 14.5 and provides lessons and opportunities to increase momentum for achieving post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework targets.
Global consultation on restoration principles
Don’tmiss your change to contribute to the global movement on ecosystem restoration. UNEP and FAO are seeking feedback on the nine proposed principles of restoration. The survey closes today 19 July 2021, at 6PM CEST. Add your voice here!
Call for 2021 membership election to the FiTI association
The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) is expanding its membership and is looking for 7 new International Board members who are passionate about shaping the global agenda for transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in fisheries management. Membership to the FiTI is open to any individual nominated by an entity from the government, business or social sector, interested in enhancing transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in fisheries, good ocean governance or wider areas of open government and access to information.
Scientist resurrect “Forgotten” genus of symbiotic algae living in Marine Animals
In the late 1800s, scientists were stumped by the “yellow cells” they were observing within the tissues of certain temperate marine animals, including sea anemones, corals and jellyfish. Were these cells part of the animal or separate organisms? If separate, were they parasites or did they confer a benefit to the host?