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  Special edition marine 10 July 2014
 
Fijian voyaging flagship, Uto Ni Yalo, to sail to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
A memorandum of understanding signed between IUCN Oceania and the Uto Ni Yalo Trust sets the course for the Uto Ni Yalo to sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. This significant voyage will convey regional messages about the critical need to respect and protect important natural places. It continues the Pacific Voyage: ‘one Pacific voice’ campaign, originally initiated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
 
 
 
 
IUCN world parks congress 2014
Nearly 3000 participants already registered for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
With a preliminary programme for the Congress now available, more than 150 Congress Events confirmed, PlanetFest shaping up, and work having commenced on the Promise of Sydney, the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 will definitely be the protected area event of the decade. To view the preliminary programme click here
 
 
Pilot whales in the sea outside the barrier reef © IUCN Jerker Tamelander
 
inspiring places
Natural laboratory for marine species - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, World Heritage site, Palau
Boasting the largest number of marine lakes in the world and a veritable maze of dome-shaped and green islands, Rock Islands seems to float with a supreme majesty in a turquoise lagoon surrounded by stunning coral reef. The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon contains 52 marine lakes, some connected to the sea and others so isolated that unique and endemic species have evolved. The lakes show an outstanding example of how marine ecosystems and communities develop, and make the lakes valuable as ‘natural laboratories’ for scientific study of evolution and speciation. The magnificent golden jellyfish, which can be found in at least five different marine lakes, is a genetically and morphologically distinct subspecie.
 
 
Manta © Oilvia Meylan
 
inspiring solutions
Resort House Reefs: Maldives promote privately managed marine Areas
The Maldives have recently been in the international environmental spotlight for two reasons: the 2013 IPCC report names the archipelago as one of the countries that is most affected by climate change; and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas designated them as an Ocean “Hope Spot”, a special place critical to the ocean’s health. As such, the Maldives are poised to set an example at a global scale, demonstrating climate change adaptation through marine conservation.
 
 
François Latrille
 
inspiring people
François Latrille, Diving Instructor, Ban’s Diving Resort, Thailand – an exemplary holiday destination  
Ban’s Diving Resort cares as much about the local marine ecosystem as it does for its guests. It insists on providing dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness, appreciation and understanding of the local aquatic environment by exercising eco-friendly dive training and marine and coastal education.  The resort is home to B.E.A.C.H. (Ban’s Ecological Action for Coastal Health), an NGO which organises beach and reef clean-ups every week.
 
 
Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia © Christine Mentzel
 
BIOPAMA
Developing negotiation skills to support protected areas decision making
In order to address the growing threat of land and resource use conflict around protected areas in Eastern and Southern Africa, BIOPAMA supports dialogue processes at various levels that aim to develop sustainable solutions to specific conflict situations, particularly with sectors and stakeholders active at the interface of protected areas. Two concrete examples are: the collaboration with SADC to develop guidelines on the development of extractive industries that consider protected areas and key biodiversity areas across Southern Africa, and the dialogue process for natural resource management in the Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.
 
 
Aerial view of the Okavango Delta (c) IUCN Peter Howard
 
world heritage
Natural World Heritage reaches 228 sites, including 19 ‘in danger’
Delegates from over 100 governments met last month in Doha during the 38th World Heritage Committee meeting to take decisions on new and existing World Heritage sites. As usual, IUCN experts were there to give advice on natural World Heritage and the action needed to assure its conservation. The outcomes of the meeting are now available online in English and French.
 
 
 
hot off the press
From despair to repair: dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, IUCN and UNEP. The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970.
 
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