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Dec 09, 2015 Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific: Vulnerability of Island Nations
An ADB study details the potential costs of climate change in the Pacific, including modeling of future climate over the region, assessments of impacts on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, and human...
Jul 16, 2015 Monetizing Nature: Putting a Price on the Oceans
A marine scientist has placed a ‘minimum figure’ on the value of the seven seas in an effort to revive conservation. But isn’t the monetisation of nature a risky business?
Jun 16, 2015 Protecting the Oceans Could Boost the Economy
Done through VU University in Amsterdam and funded by the WWF, the study’s findings show that thousands of jobs could be created and billions of dollars could be generated by 2050 through ocean conservation alone. Better yet, the benefits to our oceans would exceed the costs involved. The study was conducted and released prior to the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development agenda in September. The report recommends ocean conservation items be one of the topics in this meeting.
Jun 03, 2015 World’s First Ocean Cleanup Will Start in 2016
The world’s first system designed to rid the oceans of plastic pollution will be deployed near Japan in 2016.
May 13, 2015 Taking Stock of the CTI-CFF Program’s Progress and Future Directions
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has made remarkable progress yet much work still needs to be done. A number of technical and implementation gaps exist at the level of the Regional Plan of Action (RPOA) as well as the respective National Plans of Action (NPOAs).
Apr 24, 2015 Coral Triangle Pacific Regional Planning Meeting to be held in Queensland, Australia
(Meeting: 26 – 29 April 2015) The Coral Triangle Pacific Regional Planning Meeting will be held in partnership with the Global Change Institute of the University of Queensland from 27 to 29 April 2015. On the 26th, a pre-planning workshop will prepare a work program to be endorsed by the country representatives.
Apr 06, 2015 Coral Triangle Women Leaders in Marine Conservation
Over 40 women, including university students, attended a talk on the important role of women in nature conservation held in conjunction with global Earth Hour celebrations on 28 March 2015.
Mar 11, 2015 Integrated Coastal Management: Tidying up the Terminology
Are you having trouble distinguishing between the many terms and acronyms used for managing natural resources that are related to coasts? Here’s a suggestion on how to minimize the confusion.
Mar 03, 2015 The “Mega-Drought Future,” the Disappearance of Coral Reefs and the Unwillingness to Listen
Scientists are now mapping a world that is changing rapidly in often-terrifying ways. Climate disruption and world leaders’ unwillingness to act have put us at risk of experiencing mega-droughts, the disappearance of coral reefs and other ecological impacts of an anthropogenically warming planet.
Feb 12, 2015 PHL Completes Ratification of Agreement to Establish a CTI-CFF Regional Secretariat
The Philippines became the fifth country out of 6 member countries to complete the process of ratification to the Agreement on the Establishment of the Regional Secretariat of the Coral...
Feb 11, 2015 The Latest FAD in Papua New Guinea
What is a FAD? It is surprisingly simple: a large float anchored to the sea floor with old fishing nets dangling from it, placed in near-shore areas away from reefs. The nets grow algae almost immediately,attracting small reef fish. These small fish attract medium fish, and the pelagic species such as tuna and mackerel follow. At one test site near Pere Island in Manus Province, local fishermen reported catching 4000 fish in one day, using hand lines only. Results like these have drawn fishermen away from their over-used inshore reef areas, allowing these ecosystems to recover from years of hard use.
Feb 10, 2015 Summit on Central Visayas’ protected Tañon Strait
The Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) management board and stakeholders will be meeting for the first time, in a summit and general assembly to be held in Cebu City from February 10-12.
Feb 10, 2015 First Tañon Strait Summit in Cebu
The back-to-back meetings will gather hundreds of conservation advocates and members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Tañon Strait, which was declared a protected seascape, the biggest protected area in the country, by then-President Fidel Ramos on May 27, 1998. With more than 350 members, the Tañon Strait PAMB has never held a general assembly due to its sheer size and conflicts between national agencies and local government units regarding jurisdiction and overlapping functions, said Protected Area Supervisor Viernov Grefalde. The summit and PAMB meeting on Feb. 10-12, 2015 in Cebu City will be the first time for all its members to discuss issues regarding Tañon Strait, he added.
Jan 27, 2015 UN Moves Toward Major Treaty for Ocean Biodiversity
United Nations member states agreed recently to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, in a move heralded by environmental organizations.
Jan 26, 2015 Bolstering Regional Management for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries — ISSF
The overfishing of the bigeye tuna stock in the central and western Pacific Ocean was one of the most talked about fisheries stories of 2014.
Jan 23, 2015 Protecting Coral Reefs Brings Good Fortunes to Coastal Communities in Indonesia
Indonesia’s coral reefs are a valuable but endangered resource, where coastal communities depend on the sea for their livelihood. A national coral reef management system ensures that it becomes sustainable.
Jan 19, 2015 Coral Reefs Threatened by a Deadly Combination of Changing Ocean Conditions
The lowering of the ocean’s pH is making it harder for corals to grow their skeletons and easier for bioeroding organisms to tear them down, according to the journal Geology.
Dec 04, 2014 Mangroves for Mankind: Mangrove Planting Activity
The One Direction Philippines (1DPH) Fan Club is inviting young people who want to break free from stereotypes and show their love for the environment to a mangrove planting activity on 24 January 2015 in Aloguinsan, Cebu.
Dec 01, 2014 11th Regular Meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for managing all highly migratory fish stocks, including tuna and sharks, in the western and central Pacific Ocean.
Nov 26, 2014 Australia Strengthens Commitment to the Coral Triangle Initiative
The Australian Government recently announced that it is providing a further $6 million to the Coral Triangle Initiative, supporting the 120 million people in the region who rely on rich and diverse marine life for their livelihoods.