Archives - March 2017
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UN Approves Proposal to Protect Tubbataha Reef
A United Nations specialized agency tasked to improve safety and security of international shipping has added a layer of protection to the Tubbataha Reef with the approval of the country’s...
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For fishermen in Aceh, Indonesia, the goal is to move up the value chain with a focus on two key products: tuna and shrimp.
Small Loans Help Bring in the Big Fish in Indonesia
Access to finance and expertise is helping fisher folk, cocoa farmers, and others in Indonesia’s Aceh and North Sumatra link to major markets for their products. In the wake of...
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Fluorescing and bleaching corals in New Caledonia in March 2016 (Photo by: The Ocean Agency / XL Catlin Seaview Survey.)
A Global Plan to Save Coral Reefs from Extinction
A new global plan aims to save the meagre 10 per cent of the world’s coral reefs predicted to survive beyond 2050. It is the first worldwide initiative aimed at...
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2nd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning
(Conference: 15 to 17 March, 2017) The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its second international conference on Marine Spatial...
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Marine Protected Areas Attract Coral-Eating Predators
While creating marine protected areas (MPAs) helps increase coral cover and protect key fish species, it also attracts predators that eat the corals, according to the findings of a new...
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Family left homeless by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in Manila, Philippines.
Heading Off a Climate Migration Crisis in Asia
Nearly 15 million people worldwide—approximately the population of Cambodia—were forced from their homes in 2015 by weather-related disasters, including violent storms, floods and landslides. As climate change intensifies, those numbers...
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At the World Ocean Summit 2017 in Bali, Indonesia, numerous organizations convened to launch initiatives to address marine pollution and other human-induced degradation of the world's oceans.
The Ocean Is Everyone’s Business
The transition from a conventional economy in the ocean to a “blue” or sustainable economy could be a tremendous economic and investment opportunity, if done right, according to the Economist,...
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UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic
UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022....
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The OCEAN: Everybody’s Business
The Ocean is probably the biggest employer in the world, it provides half the oxygen we breathe, it has absorbed a quarter of our CO2 emissions and puts food on...
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