The IOSEA Technical Support and Capacity Building
Programme, slow to get off the ground, is featured
this month in light of the new priorities identified
by Signatory States at their Seventh Meeting (September
2014). In particular, the Secretariat has engaged
in discussions in the past months with Australia,
Madagascar, Sri Lanka and the United Republic
of Tanzania to address some of the specific needs
identified by the programme. All eligible countries
are encouraged to apply.
Work on the IOSEA Site Network continued this
month, as feedback provided by the Advisory Committee
and Working Group members on both the Site Information
Sheet template and the Evaluation Criteria was
consolidated. A conference call to discuss specific
amendments to the Site Information Sheet and Evaluation
Criteria among the Subcommittee Members is planned
for mid-June. An updated version of these materials
will be circulated before the next call for proposals.
important meeting held in May was the 35th International
Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation
(Turkey). The Secretariat is thankful to Advisory
Committee member Jack Frazier for presenting the
IOSEA Site Network on its behalf.
27 May, the Secretariat organized a conference
call among the four IOSEA Sub-regional Focal Points
as well as Jack Frazier from the Advisory Committee.
Many agenda items were discussed, as summarized
in the minutes of the conference published in
a May Feature.
is with pleasure that the Secretariat would like
to announce the re-election of Dr. Jack Frazier
as the IOSEA Advisory Committee Chair. This month
we also welcomed the announcement of two new national
Focal Points to the IOSEA family: Mr. Haji Sani
bin Mohd Isa from Malaysia and Mr. Abdul Munaf
Qaimkhani from Pakistan. Their full contact details
can be found in the Membership section of the
IOSEA website. Additionally, we welcome Mariam
Al Busaidi to the IOSEA working Group on Illegal
Take and Trade as the representative for Oman.
of news headlines this month, featuring stories
from at least 15 countries around the IOSEA region.
Turtle Day took place on the 23rd of May and was
celebrated in many countries across the IOSEA
region. In particular a member of the IOSEA Advisory
Committee, Dr. Col Limpus, featured in an interesting
video presenting ongoing conservation activities
always: if you have read this far, perhaps you
could spare a little more time to write a short
article on your project or activity which would
be of general interest to other readers around
the region? Reader submissions are warmly encouraged.