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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

Biogeography workshop held in Helsinki

Biogeography workshop held in Helsinki

GOBI partner CSIRO recently hosted a workshop in Helsinki aimed at developing statistical methods that underpin the identification of marine biogeographic units at a regional scale.  Marine biogeographic units are areas of the ocean – encompassing either the seabed, the water column, or both – that share a common set of interdependent physical and biologicalContinue Reading Biogeography workshop held in Helsinki

First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

Results from the first ever workshop on the identification of important marine mammal areas (IMMAs) have been published.  The workshop was focused on the Mediterranean Sea and took place in Chania, Greece, in October 2016.  GOBI is supporting a further five IMMA workshops focusing on the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the Mediterranean workshop, 41Continue Reading First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA

The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA

Following the adoption by the Maritime Safety Committee of a new Area to be Avoided as an Associated Protective Measure, on 11 July 2017, the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) confirmed the final designation of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, situated in the Sulu Sea, Philippines as a Particularly Sensitive Sea AreaContinue Reading The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA