A once-in-a-decade global forum on parks closed in Sydney on Wednesday calling for an urgent increase in ocean protection and stressing the economic benefits of natural sanctuaries. The World Parks Congress, with representatives from 160 nations, outlined a pathway for achieving a global target to protect at least 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans by 2020.
The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, which will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 12 to 19 November, is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come.
Building on the theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.
Following rigorous examination of the proposal, Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said there remains a high degree of scientific uncertainty about impacts on the viability of the south-western white shark population.
“At this stage, the available information and evidence does not provide the EPA with a high level of confidence. In view of these uncertainties, the EPA has adopted a cautious approach by recommending against the proposal,” Dr Vogel said.
A major community information and mobilisation campaign has started in Australia in the runup to government decisions about packaging policy. Called ‘Kicking the Can’ the 27 state and national environment groups in the Boomerang Alliance, of which Project AWARE is a member, is calling for governments to stop procrastinating and implement a national container deposit system.
With their black eyes and rows of teeth, it’s easy to understand why many people fear sharks, but our view of these creatures is actually hurting their chances for survival.
A new analysis determined that negative media reports about sharks and shark attacks are hindering shark conservation efforts. According to the analysis, Australian and U.S. news articles are more likely to focus on shark attacks than on shark conservation issues.
Measures to protect the critically endangered grey nurse shark have been announced by the NSW government. Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson introduced regulations that include banning baited hook fishing in key breeding areas for the species along the NSW coastline.
"Our overall goal is to protect the grey nurse shark," she told reporters at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary today.
"They are the puppies of the ocean - they're not Jaws.They are very gentle creatures but we're down to the last 1500 or so."
One third of all plastic marine debris is from beverage containers, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). It kills wildlife and pollutes beaches. It persists for centuries, breaking down into smaller particles, clogging our waterways and destroying our ocean.