(December 2016) App of the month: Crowdsource Cleaning the Planet
Join the Litterati - a global community that is eradicating litter one piece at a time. Track your impact as you tag and upload photos of the litter you collect. By combining technology, social awareness and art, we are building the Digital Landfill - a photo gallery showcasing the different pieces of litter being picked up, and the overall impact of the movement. Geo-tagging provides insight into problem areas and highlights the most active Litterati communities. Keyword tags identify the most commonly found brands and products. We'll use this to work with companies and organisations to find environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. This planet we call home is a big place to keep clean. We all need to play our part. Learn more
(November 2016) The 2016 Forum of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean
For the second time in the Mediterranean, 300 key players involved in the marine environment meet from 28 November to 1st December 2016 in Tangier, Morocco, to share their experiences, discuss and develop a joint work program to improve, by 2020, the protection of the Mediterranean Sea. Francis Staub attended the Forum. More information
(November 2016) Kick-off workshop for the EU-funded project: Towards a transatlantic partnership of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
A Kick-Off Workshop on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels for the EU-funded project, ‘Towards a transatlantic partnership of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)’, brought together MPA managers and representatives of governments, regional seas institutions and NGOs from Africa, North and South America and Europe. The two-year project is collecting data about MPAs in the Atlantic Basin and will manage three twinning projects to develop Atlantic partnerships and improve MPA management and exchange of practice between managers. More information
(November 2016) 31st ICRI General Meeting
The 31st General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative was be held from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2016 in Paris, France. During the meeting, the Action plan of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat (2016-2018) was adopted with several other recommendations. More information
(September 2016) Special issue of Aquatic Conservation journal on MPA networks
A special issue of Aquatic Conservation journal on marine protected area networks was published in September 2016, in conjunction with the World Conservation Congress. The issue, entitled Building Networks of MPAs: The Legacy from the 2014 Sydney World Parks Congress , includes 15 peer reviewed articles on a wide range of topics, including one on the Green List (Using the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas to promote conservation impact through marine protected areas), co-authored by Francis Staub. All articles are available for free download.
(May 2016) New contract awarded with the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN)
The purpose of the contract was to conduct a final evaluation and capitalisation of the Small Projects on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean supported by MedPAN. The main objectives of the contract were to do the final evaluation of each small project funded under the 2014 and 2015 Calls for Small Projects (13 projects), to capitalise on best practices and methods developed by small projects in order to highlight their results among other MPAs in the Mediterranean, and to analyse ways to optimise and improve future Calls for Small Projects. This contract was done with Catherine Gabrié. More information on the small projects
(March 2016) New contract awarded with the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine conservation in western Africa(PRCM)
The objective of the contract was to develop an analysis of the situation (in terms of funding, stakeholders,...) in the Réserve de Biosphère Transfrontalière du Delta du fleuve Sénégal (Senegal / Mauritania) in order to prepare a logical framework for a new project. This contract was done with Catherine Gabrié.
(March 2016) France and Madagascar: incoming hosts of the ICRI Secretariat 2016-2018
On 1 June 2016, the ICRI Secretariat will be changing hosts, with its reins being passed from Japan and Thailand to France and Madagascar. The Government of France has hosted ICRI twice in the past (1999-2000; 2009-2011) and will become the first Government to host ICRI for a third time. Madagascar is situated in the western rim of the Indian Ocean, and its southwestern coast is home to the third largest coral reef system in the world. Madagascar has been involved with ICRI over the years and will be joining the secretariat team for the first time. Francis Staub will provide technical assistance to the French government for the management of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat. Learn more about ICRI