Another expert regional workshop to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) has just been completed in Perth, Australia. The week-long workshop (10-14 February 2020) hosted 31 marine mammal scientists and observers from six countries, who together mapped the important habitats for marine mammals in the waters of Australia, New Zealand and the South East Indian Ocean.Continue Reading The IMMA process forges on!
The second World Marine Mammal Conference has concluded in Barcelona (December, 2019), with an extraordinary display of enthusiasm and results from scientists from around the world. With 2,611 participants, it was the largest ever gathering of marine mammal scientists and conservationists. Amongst the varied presentations were those from our GOBI partners and associates: the Tethys Research Institute,Continue Reading Marine mammals in the spotlight
GOBI partner Fundación MarViva in Costa Rica has launched an interactive ‘geoportal’ for the Costa Rica Thermal Dome. The creation and launch of the portal is in addition to the printed and electronic versions of the Atlas of the Dome, which were launched at the most recent UN BBNJ negotiations in New York (BBNJ IGC3, AugustContinue Reading The Costa Rica Thermal Dome becomes interactive
Active hydrothermal vents in the deep sea are valued for their lush communities of strange organisms that rely on chemicals spewing from the seafloor for their sustenance. Every vent eventually becomes inactive. For decades, inactive vents were overlooked by the scientific community, but now that the metal-rich massive sulphide deposits at inactive vents have attracted the attentionContinue Reading Deep-sea inactive sulphide ecosystems in the spotlight
The completion last week (22-27 September 2019) of an EBSA regional workshop targeting the Northeast Atlantic Ocean formally concludes the region-based global coverage of the EBSA process (with the exception of the Southern Ocean, which has its own similar process in place). Forty experts, scientists and representatives from a handful of inter-governmental organisation gathered in Stockholm,Continue Reading Northeast Atlantic EBSA regional workshop
During the third substantive session (August 2019) of the Intergovernmental Conference to negotiate a legally binding international instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction at UN Headquarters in New York, GOBI and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with the support of the Governments of Costa Rica andContinue Reading Successful GOBI Side Event at BBNJ IGC3
Pick up the new GOBI newsletter and find out the latest progress on all strands of the GOBI research portfolio, including: the fate of fauna at expired hydrothermal vents ways to promote governance for the conservation of oceanic areas beyond national jurisdiction impressive findings from seabird tracking data and their application to conservation progress onContinue Reading A new GOBI newsletter is out!
On 17-19 June 2019, GOBI stalwarts David Johnson, Piers Dunstan and Vikki Gunn travelled to Dhiffushi island in the Maldives to deliver a capacity building workshop on behalf of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI). Working in collaboration with colleagues at The Maldives Ministry of Environment, the three-day workshop delivered a programme that centred around examiningContinue Reading GOBI supports the Sustainable Ocean Initiative national workshop for The Maldives
GOBI partner CSIRO recently delivered a successful second round of workshops to refine the outputs from the first round of workshops aimed at identifying and describing bioregions in the southern Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. This complex, iterative bioregionalisation exercise is part of GOBI’s current research programme supported by Germany’s International Climate Initiative (IKI). These latestContinue Reading Successful workshops refine the boundaries of oceanic bioregions
The Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean (MiCO) system – developed by Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab with support from GOBI’s IKI grant and input from over 30 partners – was finally launched during a Side Event at the 2nd BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference held at UN Headquarters in New York in April 2019. The conference isContinue Reading Launch of MiCO at UN Intergovernmental Conference