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Global congress explores relevance of ocean conservation

Carl Gustaf Lundin

Protecting the ocean from growing threats so that it can continue to feed communities around the world is the focus of the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4), hosted by Chile’s Ministry of the Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It opened on Monday, September 4, 2017 in La Serena, Chile. The Congress aims to ...

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GEF, investors launch fund to promote sustainable fisheries

Naoko Ishii

The Meloy Fund, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, has been launched with a first close of $10 million. With the necessary threshold of money now raised, the Fund, which attracts private investments in community small-scale commercial fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines in the form of debt and equity, can begin making investments ...

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Gambia communities cultivate mangroves to restore depressed ecosystems


The National Environment Agency (NEA) is implementing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Development Funds (LCDF) project titled “Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to Climate Change in the Republic of The Gambia”. The objective of the project is to reduce Gambia’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and associated impacts of ...

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Africa Day of Seas and Oceans: Liberia celebrates sustainable blue economy policy


All roads lead to Monrovia, the Liberian capital city, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15, 2017 when the Abidjan Convention of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Anyaa Vohiri (Executive Director, EPA), and Liberia Maritime Authority host stakeholders in the nation’s maritime domain to a two-day symposium. The forum, which has “Encouraging Solutions to Marine ...

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Oil spill and threat to fisher folks’ survival

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the FishNet Community Dialogue at Makoko in Lagos on Monday, July 24, 2017, says it is time to keep offshore oil untapped in order to curb pollution and save the source of livelihood of fisher folks There must be a time when we sit back to reflect on the things we take ...

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Saving the fading Lekki coastline

Lekki coastal erosion

The “Save Lekki Coastland” could be considered a coast-to-coast conservation intervention to protect the Lagos coastlines beginning from the Lafiaji coastline situated wholly or partially within 100 meters of the high-water mark. Lagos, being the most populous and industrialised city in Nigeria, is a place of waters occasioned by the Atlantic Ocean. Lafiaji, however, is a remote location in Eti-Osa ...

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FishNet: Why fish is more valuable than oil

Fishermen Niger Delta

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the “FishNet Dialogue” held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday, July 7 2017, lamented that many fisher folks in the Niger Delta region have become fetchers of wood as the creeks and rivers have been so polluted that fishing has become largely unproductive True change can come from below. Change can ...

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Ocean Conference: Countries agree on decisive actions to restore marine health

Ambassador Peter Thomson

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference came to a close in New York on Friday, June 9, 2017. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, observers say, marks a breakthrough ...

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Sweden supports Clean Seas Campaign to curb marine litter


Litter in the seas is a major global environmental problem. In connection with the Ocean Conference in New York, Sweden is joining the Clean Seas Campaign, a global UN Environment initiative to reduce marine litter. Sweden will also provide financial support to UN Environment’s work on the issue. “Oceans are the lifeblood of humanity, but they are being turned into ...

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World Oceans Day: West, Central Africa face food insecurity from overfishing


Inger Andersen, Director-General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in a messeage to observe the World Oceans Day, discloses that a recent IUCN report shows that many species off the coast of western and central Africa are in danger, threatening food security in the region Where did life on Earth begin? The fact is, no one ...

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