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Third Party Certification Needed for Sustainable Tourism Last Updated on 2014-07-06 13:58:13 There are many laws and principles governing the environment but collectively they do not provide any guarantee that a tourism business will be sustainable. While there are some national and international laws that impact tourism, such as the climate change convention, biodiversity convention, endangered species act, clean water act, clean air act, and protected areas legislation, they are only a small part of the overall sustainability issues that tourism faces. International laws are often hard to enforce, and national laws don't usually address the day to day operations of a tourism business that makes it sustainable. One way to address this issue is through voluntary initiatives such as sustainable certification programs. In this way a tourism business can set itself apart from other tourism businesses who do not feel a need to act in an environmentally friendly or ethical... More »
From Despair to Repair: Dramatic Decline of Caribbean Corals Can Be Reversed Last Updated on 2014-07-02 13:46:18 Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.   The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the... More »
Ideas For Change, Sylvia Earle Last Updated on 2014-06-10 07:54:50 World Oceans Day - 8th June 2013 An Interactive infographic designed by the Global Agenda Council on Oceans in partnership with the Ocean Health Index will be hosted on the World Economic Forum homepage http://www.weforum.org/. The infographic will enable audiences to learn more about the benefits of measuring and monitoring ocean resources through the Ocean Health Index and Seafood Traceability. A link to the infographic will be released shortly. Forum:Blog (http://forumblog.org) will feature supporting blog posts from a number of expert oceanographers: - Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Creator of Mission Blue Foundation, on Oceans - Celine Cousteau, Founder and CEO of CauseCentric Productions, on Human-Ocean Relationship - Nishan Degnarain, Senior Economic Adviser at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius, on the Economic Role of Oceans - Hans... More »
World court harpoons Japanese whaling program Last Updated on 2014-04-01 21:08:11 The International Court of Justice in The Hague has dismissed Japan's claims that its whaling program is for scientific research and ordered the country to halt whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.                       Japanese whaling in the Antarctic will temporarily come to an end following a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court dismissed Japan's claims their fleets were hunting whales for scientific purposes, citing shortcomings in program design and poor evidence that the program produced scientific data. The world court also slammed Tokyo for failure to explain why Japanese fleets killed far more animals than seemed necessary for data collection. "We are disappointed," said Nori Shikata, spokesman for the Japanese government on this case. "Our... More »
Multiple ocean stresses threaten "globally significant" marine extinction Last Updated on 2014-01-04 14:54:36     A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing. The 3 day workshop, co-sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), looked at the latest science across different disciplines. The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats — and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. Delegates called for urgent and... More »