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Marine ecosystems rebound from extinctions quicker than we thought
Researchers demonstrate that marine systems can accommodate some losses in terms of biodiversity without losing full functionality – paving the way for more optimistic climate projections.
Open to applications: Ocean Innovation Prize
The Blue Climate Initiative is welcoming applications from innovators and entrepreneurs for the global Ocean Innovation Prize, designed to fund and support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean related strategies.
Global consultation on restoration principles
Don’t miss 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 on 19 July 2021, at 6PM CEST. Add your voice here!
Governing coastal resources: implications for a sustainable blue economy
The International Resource Panel, hosted by UNEP, recently launched its assessment report Governing Coastal Resources: Implications for a Sustainable Blue Economy. The report highlights that while coastal resources such as fish, minerals, and energy are critical for the Sustainable Blue Economy, which accounts for 5 per cent of the global GDP, they are threatened by a wide range of land-based human activities.
Coping with environmental challenges: climate and biodiversity action in UNESCO side event
UNESCO’s unique global network of designated sites are important models for building resilience to climate change and reconciling people and nature. Through them, UNESCO combines science, policy and concrete solutions, in addition to providing policy guidance to its Member States on the impacts of climate change. Register here for UNESCO side event at the High-level political forum on Sustainable Development.
Cross-sectorial variations in structure and function of coral reef microbiome with local anthropogenic impacts on the Kenyan coast on the Indian Ocean
Coral reefs face an increased number of environmental threats from anthropomorphic climate change and pollution from agriculture, industries and sewage. environmental changes lead to their compositional and functional shifts, coral reef microbial communities can serve as indicators of ecosystem impacts through development of rapid and inexpensive molecular monitoring tools.
More ´fairness’ needed in conservation
Universities can address 43% of the SDGs targets working bilaterally with government or industry, according to the University of Mauritius. UoM is bringing its share to a number of targets and few examples are cited to illustrate the targeted approach.
The global threat from plastic pollution
Plastic pollution accumulating in an area of the environment is considered “poorly reversible” if natural mineralization processes occurring there are slow and engineered remediation solutions are improbable. Should negative outcomes in these areas arise as a consequence of plastic pollution, they will be practically irreversible.
How can coastal conservation save marine life and fishing practices?
In 1998, Alasdair Harris went to Madagascar to research coral reefs. He explains the meaning of conservation he learned from the island’s Indigenous communities. The marine biologist and founder of Blue Ventures seeks to catalyze and sustain locally-led marine conservation in coastal communities in the world.