This past week, Francis and Tom attended the IUCN World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC), Marseille, from 4th – 8th September 2021. Throughout this time, the Blue Pangolin team took the much-awaited opportunity to re-connect with friends, collaborators and key stakeholders within their international network. Francis and Tom were involved in several events at the congress.
Ocean Governance Project & Networks Twinning
On September 4th, Francis was invited to provide an update on Ocean Governance Marine Mammal Twinning at the EU Pavilion, as part of the technical assistance provided by the GOPA WWF Indonesia consortium. Francis walked the attendees through the recent updates from the Marine Mammal Twinning, most notably the Marine Mammal Management Toolkit. Accompanied by Puri Canals, Technical Director and Networks Twinning Coordinator, and Jean-Jacques Goussard – Coastal Resilience Twinning Coordinator, Scoping Study Coordinator.
The following day, Francis was invited to provide a further update on the Marine Mammal Twinning during the Networks Twinning Project at the Ocean & Islands Pavilion.
Sixth GCRMN Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020
On Tuesday 7th September at 11:15 the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) released the Executive Summary of the latest Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020. This is the first global status of coral reefs since 2008 by the GCRMN, and the first based on a quantitative analysis of a global dataset produced from contributions from several hundred scientists and organisations from 73 reef bearing countries. The session highlighted the main trends and recommendations to inform decision-making and strengthen ambition for the protection of coral reef ecosystems.
Blue Pangolin is responsible for the coordination of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat. The GCRMN is a global network of stakeholders, coordinated by regional ‘nodes’ for the management and conservation of coral reefs that operates under ICRI.
Francis and Tom were responsible for the organisation of the event while coordinating with the key speakers and attendees to ensure that this critical piece of work was given the appropriate platform to ensure maximum impact. The release of the full report is scheduled for October 5th 2021.
Conservation Trust Funds in the Mediterranean
On Tuesday 7th September, at 14:30, the MedFund and MAVA officially launched the Highly Protected Mediterranean Initiative (HPMI) in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco. As part of the signing ceremony H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco congratulated MedFund and Mava for this joint initiative for the Mediterranean in the frame of the PAMEX 2030/ post 2020 Barcelona convention.
The creation of the HPMI follows the completion of a feasibility study for a dedicated conservation trust fund for No-Take Zones in the Mediterranean implemented by Blue Pangolin on behalf of the MAVA Foundation and the MedFund.
The Blue Pangolin team were honoured to be invited to this event to see the culmination of their work alongside the dedication from MAVA and the MedFund for the launch of this impactful new initiative.