The new legislative proposal released yesterday by the European Commission aims to ensure coordinated action at the EU level to curb the impacts of invasive alien species. IUCN, uniting some of the leading experts on this subject in Europe, welcomes the new proposal but highlights some concerns.
In the recently published Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report 2013, a number of issues related to the region’s efforts to develop sustainably have been reported on. Some of the highlights include: the legislative and regulatory framework for Deep Sea Minerals that has been endorsed by all 15 Pacific ACP states; the development of MPAs in the region, including New Caledonia’s desire to implement a conservation area to link up with that of Australia; and increased collaboration amongst Pacific states to combat IUU fishing.
At an event in the European Parliament that was hosted by MEP Maurice Ponga and jointly organised by IUCN and EBCD, the Deputy Premier of the British Virgin Islands has reaffirmed the island’s commitment to implementing protected areas and their goal to protect 33% of the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment of the territory.
21-25 October 2013, Marseille, France
The Henderson Island July newsletter is now available. The newsletter is produced by the RSPB and documents the most recent update on the outcome of their 2011 eradication attempt, some of the benefits for the endemic Henderson Island wildlife, and an outline of RSPB’s approach over the coming months to restore Henderson Island.
Regional meetings of two major initiatives focused on protected areas management and biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean have provided space for BIOPAMA to strengthen its position in the region, as well as continue capacity building efforts at the multi-stakeholder level.
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.
Wallis and Futuna, the two islands that together form a single country in the heart of the Pacific, have begun a process of cultural mapping to work towards developing a cultural policy in which agricultural and environmental traditional knowledge and conservation will play a central role.
How does an island with 100 000 inhabitants welcome 2 million tourists a year without damaging its biodiversity? This was the key question that the island of Saint Martin looked to address during a recent three day workshop on sustainable tourism and MPAs.
The French overseas department of Mayotte is located in the biogeographical area of the Comoros Archipelago, at the heart of the Mozambique Channel and close to Madagascar. Mayotte hosts a variety of land and marine tropical ecosystems which are of major ecological value, despite significant landscape changes due to the exploitation of first sugar cane and later rice. Read more about Mayotte in the new Country Focus.