The IOSEA Satellite Tracking Metadatabase provides an overview of tracking studies that have been conducted in the IOSEA region, helping to highlight complementary data sources never before compiled in a single reference.
As of today, the metadatabase contains information on 1,225 satellite-tracked turtles from about 30 countries of the IOSEA region. The database includes details of 220 current and past projects, of which about 70 have published their results in the literature or online, while another 150 have shared their information on the seaturtle.org/tracking site. More »
Members of the extended IOSEA family took advantage of their attendance at the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association’s Scientific Symposium (Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Oct - 2 Nov 2013) to hold an informative gathering on marine turtle conservation issues.
The full-day session was organised on 31 October under the umbrella of the IOSEA Western Indian Ocean - Marine Turtle Task Force, thanks to the efforts of Peter Richardson and Lindsey West (Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively). The event was reasonably well attended despite several other events taking place simultaneously. Task Force members or proxies from Comoros, France (Réunion), Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and United Kingdom were present, and participants from Kenya, Mauritius and Madagascar were among others who provided valuable inputs. More »
FROM THE SECRETARIAT
We’re pleased to present the December issue of the IOSEA e-News, despite the ongoing political strife that has engulfed parts of Bangkok, particularly in recent weeks. The United Nations office which houses the Secretariat has been closed some days and working hours have been reduced on others, as it is located in the heart of ongoing demonstrations and in close proximity to violent flash points.
In the Profile of the Month for December, Dr Peter Richardson (Marine Conservation Society, UK) describes the Community Voice Method, an innovative way to engage stakeholders in discussions about resource use and policy-making. Presented from the perspective of actual experience in a UK overseas territory, the method could have practical application in parts of the wider IOSEA region. Those interested are invited to contact the principals involved for more information.
We report on a workshop that was organised in Maputo at the end of October, in the margins of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association’s Scientific Symposium. The day-long session brought together members of the extended IOSEA family to discuss a range of marine turtle conservation issues.
Readers are reminded of the IOSEA Satellite Tracking Metadatabase which provides a comprehensive overview of tracking studies that have been conducted across the IOSEA region over the last two decades. The database now contains information on 1,225 turtles satellite-tracked from about 30 countries around the Indian Ocean.
Finally, we would like to welcome Mr. Gcobani Popose, Director: Ocean Conservation Strategies, as South Africa’s new IOSEA Focal Point; and draw attention to updated contact details for counterparts in the United States (Mr. Stephen J. Wilger, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State) and Mozambique (Mr Henriques Balidy, Centre for Sustainable Development of Coastal Zones).
Please consult the Membership section of the IOSEA website for details.
As always, we invite you to check out the News Headlines and Message Board for November to catch up on interesting stories you may have missed from around the IOSEA region . . .
MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in November
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