Latest news and resources for ocean planners for the month of March 2017.
MEAM and MPA News
From the Archives calls attention to past MEAM articles whose perspectives and insight remain relevant. Conservation programs are often carried out at national or sub-national scales despite the fact that many ecosystems and species cross international boundaries. Read more about the challenges and benefits of multinational conservation.
On 1 January 2016, member states of the United Nations adopted a series of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These goals are expected to guide national development plans in the coming years. The SDGs are ambitious: they include such goals as ending poverty, ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, and achieving sustainable consumption. And under each SDG are multiple specific targets. SDG 1 for example — to end poverty — includes targets to reduce the number of people living in poverty by at least half by 2030, and to eradicate extreme poverty all together.
By Juan E. Bezaury-Creel, David Gutiérrez-Carbonell, and César Sánchez-Ibarra
On 7 December 2016, during the 13th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) held in Cancún, the Mexican Government designated three new MPAs totaling 647,015 km2. All three sites are multiple-use biosphere reserves, with some zones that are strictly protected (no-take) and others that are sustainably managed.
Canada designates MPA to protect globally unique glass sponge reefs
On 16 February, the Government of Canada designated a 2410-km2 MPA along its Pacific coast to protect several globally unique and ancient glass sponge reefs. The glass sponges have mineral skeletons made of silica (hence their ‘glass’ name) and their reef structures are estimated to be 9000 years old. Glass sponge reefs of this size — once abundant during Earth’s Jurassic Period — were believed by scientists to be extinct before these colonies were discovered off Canada in 1987.
Please join us for two webinars on innovative finance mechanisms for marine conservation and management, based on some of MEAM’s recent coverage of these topics.
On February 15, join Robert Weary of TNC to learn about debt swaps to finance climate change adaptation and marine conservation. The webinar will be held on 1 PM US EST/10 AM US PST/6 pm UTC. Register for the webinar.
On February 2, join Kelly Wachowicz of Catch Invest to learn about impact investing to fund marine conservation and sustainable fisheries. The webinar will be held at 1 PM US EST/10 AM US PST/6 pm UTC. Register for the webinar.
Marine scientists, communicators, and funders who are successfully bridging the gap between scientific research and management in locations around the world share what they have learned about informing marine resource management.
Anne Merwin, director of ocean planning at Ocean Conservancy, asks: 'Will Trump get rid of US National Ocean Policy?'
Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor of MEAM, discusses thoughtful monitoring critical for ecosystem-based management.