Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations

10 July 2013 | Article

Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world.

IUCN and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) will be holding an event at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) taking place in October this year, on Championing Aichi Targets: Islands Key role and bright spots for marine biodiversity conservation. After assessing the recommendations, and through the use of participatory facilitation techniques, a range of Island Bright Spots that can be potentially replicated will be highlighted during the event.

Bright Spot Selection Criteria 
To be considered as an Island Bright Spot, the initiative will: 
• Have demonstrated measurable success/impact in advancing conservation of island biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods
• Be a community, national, regional or global island initiative 
• Have potential to be replicated and/or scaled up.

The IMPAC3 event takes place between October 20 – 25 in Marseille, France, and will explore the following key themes: 
• Accelerating the Establishment of MPAs (Towards a Global MPA Network)
• Promoting the Growth of the Blue Economy within MPAs
• Successfully Implementing the Ecosystem Approach
• Supporting Local governance and Broadening Participation
• Incorporating the Heritage of Cultural and Traditional Knowledge
• Advancing MPAs as Part of the Strategy against Climate Change.

The call for recommendations closes on August 12.

To make a recommendation of an Island Bright Spot click here 

For further information, contact Carole Martinez at Carole.Martinez@iucn.org