July 10, 2011

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Delegates to a special United Nations panel convened to discuss progress as well as gaps in marine scientific research, emerging challenges and links between science and policy making in light of the very serious threats facing the ocean. Also included were presentations on deep-sea research and international ocean governance; assessment of progress in marine pollution control and challenges; and future management of the oceans and seas, including coral reefs.

That evening, The High Seas Alliance hosted a reception for the dedicated ocean policy makers.

Later in week-long conference, IPSO (International Programme on the State of the Ocean) scientists released their long awaited report in which they revealed that the world ocean is in a shocking state of decline, and that the world’s ocean is in a much worse state than previously suspected. Click here for your copy of this extremely important IPSO report.

Read BBC’s Environmental Correspondent Richard Black’s article on the eye-opening IPSO report here.  

One of the report’s authors, Dan Laffoley, marine chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas and an adviser to the IUCN, (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), admitted that the challenges are vast.

“But unlike previous generations, we know what now needs to happen,” he said. “The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now.”










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