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CoCoNet project from Marseille to Constanta
World Congress on Marine Protected Areas
The 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress was held in Marseille and Corsica, France, on Oct. 21-25. World's marine-protection specialists gather every four years to discuss the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. About 1500 participants from 87 countries emphasized the Aichi targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in particular Target 11 which calls for the protection of at least 10 percent of the oceans by 2020. The congress focused on the creation of a trust fund for the Mediterannean.
Ministers, representatives of all the world’s main regions, also met at Ajaccio, Corsica Island, on 26 October 2013. They emphasized that the protection and the health of the oceans is essential for maintaining life throughout the world. The highly protected marine reserves play a crucial role in maintaining marine biodiversity and the future of mankind.
Besides, protection and establishment of the high sea MPA’s which represent nearly 60 % of the oceans and the blue heart that supports life on earth is also diccused during the Congress. Urgently entering negotiations to reach and implement the agreement of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was another novelty for the congress and MPA’s globally. This agreement can provide for the creation of high seas MPAs with an international status. CoCoNet is the only project that considers the networking of the MPA’s both in the high seas and coastal areas, as well as in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.
During the congress, the main concern was that less than 3% of the oceans is currently protected. This percentage should be increased to meet the Aichi Traget 11, to establish by 2020 a network of comprehensive and coherent protected marine areas effectively managed and covering at least 10% of the oceans.
Another imprortant event in Marseille was the 40th Mediterranean Science Commission Congress, from 28 October to 1 November. There were several MPAs-related issues discussed, such as connectivity, larval dispersion, pollution and depletion of the fish stocks. During that occasion Coconet executive Board Meeting also held with all PW leaders . Coconet team has found sincere discussion for the success of the project there, Black Sea Day 2013 in Constanta, Romania.
At the Celebration of the International Black Sea Day on 31 October with the International Symposium “Protection and Sustainable Management of the Black Sea” jointly organized by the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Black Sea Commission), Ministry of Environment and Climate Changes of Romania and National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” (NIMRD) Romania. Prof. Levent Bat from Sinop University delivered a presentation for the CoCoNet activities in the Black Sea. He gave the information on the progress of the Black Sea Pilot Project, which helps one of the targets of the CoCoNet to identify appropriate areas for MPAs within the Black Sea.