IOSEA Technical Support and Capacity-Building
Programme aims to strengthen the technical
capacity of Signatory States, so that they
can better implement parts of the IOSEA Conservation
and Management Plan.
Mozambique is the first IOSEA Signatory to take
advantage of the assistance on offer. A successful
field training seminar facilitated by Dr. Mark
Hamann was organised in southern Mozambique in
late November 2010. A report on the conduct of
the training session follows. More »
Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund was
introduced to participants of the 2nd Marine Conservation
Forum held in Abu Dhabi from 14-16 December. The
Fund was established in 2009 with an initial endowment
of 25 million Euros. Since then, it has already
disbursed nearly USD 5 million to over 350 species-related
projects worldwide. However, relatively few grants
have been awarded for the conservation of marine
species. The fund managers hope that this imbalance
will be corrected in the coming years with more
applications from marine conservationists. More »
Over the years, a lot of effort has gone into compiling the IOSEA Profiles of the Month, which are either sourced from external authors or prepared in-house by the Secretariat. Since initiating the series in November 2003, over 80 profiles have been published from some 30 countries across the Indian Ocean – Southeast Asia region. They cover a wide range of topics, all connected in some way to the conservation and management of the region’s marine turtles.
This month, we have prepared a mainly country-based index to make it easier for readers to retrieve older, but still interesting articles from most of the IOSEA Signatory States (and a few non-signatories too). The new Profile of the Month Index complements the existing chronological archive, as well as the website’s built-in Search Engine -- which is a convenient way to search for particular topics of interest through the use of keywords. More »
FROM THE SECRETARIAT
Happy New Year to all of our faithful readers! We’re
a little tardy with the e-News this month, but for
a very good reason. We hope you enjoy the IOSEA
2010 Year-End Review and Look Ahead,
which tries to capture the major developments in
marine turtle conservation around the IOSEA region
over the past year.
And what a year it was! If visitation to the IOSEA website can be taken as a sign of interest in marine turtle conservation around the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia, then it is clear that these charismatic species are attracting more and more followers each and every year. Visits to the website were up by 30% in 2010 compared to previous year, and more than 60% higher compared to 2008.
In 2011, IOSEA will mark the tenth anniversary of its coming into effect in September 2001, following nearly two years of intensive negotiations that originated in Perth, Australia, continued in Kuantan, Malaysia, and concluded successfully in Manila, Philippines. While there is much for the current membership of 32 Signatory States and partner organisations to celebrate, many important and interesting institutional challenges still lie ahead this year – including finalisation of the IOSEA Site Network proposal and consolidating working relationships with several intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
We expect the Signatory States and other interested organisations to meet formally for the sixth time in 2011 – if not in one of the member States, then in Bangkok which is home to the IOSEA Secretariat. While it would be a pleasure to welcome colleagues and friends back to Thailand, it would be equally satisfying to see the profile of marine turtle conservation raised in one of the member States that has never had the privilege of hosting the gathering.
As always, we look forward to receiving and disseminating information about your valuable conservation activities, on whatever scale, throughout the year.
MONTHLY ROUND-UP: What you may have missed in December
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