Progressing marine governance issues

08 February 2007 | News story

This week the ELC hosted the Co-Chairs of the Oceans, Coastals and Coral Reefs Specialist Group (David Vander Zwaag and Nilufer Oral), the Co-Chairs of the High Seas Subgroup (Kristina Gjerde and Rosemary Rayfuse) and Francois Simbard of the Mediterranean Office.

It provided a very useful opportunity to discuss a wide range of marine governance issues and areas of collaboration. Topics included options for high seas governance; development of projects in the Mediterranean; possible directions for marine issues in the upcoming 4 year plan for the Environmental Law Programme; and brainstorming regarding options for highlighting marine issues at the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The meeting was very productive and we all look forward to some exciting work in 2007-08 relating to marine issues between the ELC, CEL and the Global Marine Programme.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.