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Protecting hydrothermal vents from mining

Protecting hydrothermal vents from mining

Ongoing research supported by the GOBI-IKI project has contributed to the publication of a seminal article on the scientific rationale for the protection of active hydrothermal vent ecosystems from deep-sea mining.  The article summarises the ecological vulnerability of such ecosystems whilst emphasising the societal value of vents remaining untouched, as they represent a library ofContinue Reading Protecting hydrothermal vents from mining

GOBI Secretariat contributes to first SOI national workshop on EBSAs: Yaounde Cameroon, 17-19 January 2018

GOBI Secretariat contributes to first SOI national workshop on EBSAs: Yaounde Cameroon, 17-19 January 2018

The marine waters of Central West Africa are dominated by the Guinea Current.  The marine ecosystem is river-driven with inshore-offshore migrations and relatively low productivity, low salinity and high turbidity.  Cameroon has a relatively small EEZ and in the past, conservation efforts have focused on terrestrial ecosystems.  However, the Cameroon coastline supports significant mangrove stands,Continue Reading GOBI Secretariat contributes to first SOI national workshop on EBSAs: Yaounde Cameroon, 17-19 January 2018

Costa Rica Thermal Dome documentary goes live

Costa Rica Thermal Dome documentary goes live

A short film based on the recent GOBI-IKI backed expedition to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome has just been released. The expedition was intended to add data, information and substance in support of an effort to create an international collaborative alliance amongst Central American countries to protect and sustainably manage the  Dome. Further information on theContinue Reading Costa Rica Thermal Dome documentary goes live

Seabird conservation in focus in the Indian Ocean

Seabird conservation in focus in the Indian Ocean

GOBI partner BridLife International recently hosted a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to re-evaluate existing Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and explore the potential for new IBAs based on new available datasets.  The workshop forms part of BirdLife International’s contribution to GOBI’s programme of work funded by the German International Climate Initiative (IKI).Continue Reading Seabird conservation in focus in the Indian Ocean

GOBI milestone reached in marine mammal conservation

GOBI milestone reached in marine mammal conservation

Efforts to promote the conservation of marine mammals in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have culminated in the production of a set of management recommendations to safeguard the future of dugong and cetacean species in and around Palau.  This is the first of three such interventions under GOBI’s five-year research programme funded by the GermanContinue Reading GOBI milestone reached in marine mammal conservation

GOBI at CMS COP12

GOBI at CMS COP12

The 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals is underway in Manila, Philippines (22-28 October 2017). GOBI is contributing to the proceedings on several fronts, including two Side Events, one exhibiting the development of a new system to describe Migratory Connectivity in theContinue Reading GOBI at CMS COP12

New GOBI Brochure

New GOBI Brochure

A new and updated GOBI brochure is now available.  As well as presenting the Initiative’s ethos, goals and history, it expands the concept of EBSAs – now that there are over 300 EBSAs described across the global oceans – and illustrates the new ways of thinking that are emerging to make best use of suchContinue Reading New GOBI Brochure

GOBI at IMPAC4

GOBI at IMPAC4

  The GOBI Secretariat is ready to take part in the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Coquimbo and La Serena, Chile.  During the week-long congress, GOBI is hosting a symposium session, where it will expand on how the utility of EBSAs can be enhanced for area-based management.  After that, in conjunction with theContinue Reading GOBI at IMPAC4