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PostHeaderIcon Workshop on cetacean live stranding

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Workshop on Cetacean Live Strandings
29 and 30 October 2014 in Monaco


The ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat will organize on 29-30 October 2014, in collaboration with the Pelagos Secretariat, a workshop on cetacean live stranding. Its objective is to define an administrative transboundary procedure in order to facilitate response to emergency situation where transboundary situation occurs in the Pelagos Sanctuary (pilot area of ACCOBAMS).
 
The administrative transboundary procedure agreed during the workshop will be presented to all ACCOBAMS Parties as a framework document for other areas where transboundary situation occurs.
 
Whoever is interested in participating to this workshop is invited to contact the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat as soon as possible (Mrs. Maÿlis SALIVAS: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Last Updated (Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:37)

 

PostHeaderIcon Third Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries

Third Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries
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Jounieh (Lebanon), 21 - 23 october 2014

Conference Objectives
The aim of the Biennial Conference is to assess the knowledge acquired on cetaceans in the South of the Mediterranean, identify potential gaps and stimulate the development of conservation actions in order to promote the implementation of the ACCOBAMS Agreement. This Conference will allow, through its regular organisation, cetacean specialists, active in the South of the Mediterranean, to exchange their experience and their data and to discuss the best approaches and priority actions for a better knowledge on cetacean populations in this region where data still remain sporadic and scarce. This Conference also aims at involving the student community and at rising awareness of future managers and stakeholders concerning marine issues.
The organisation of this Conference comes from a need expressed by the Scientific Community of South Mediterranean Countries.

Venue and Date
The Third Biennial Conference will take place in Jounieh (Lebanon), from 21st to 23rd October 2014.
 

PostHeaderIcon ACCOBAMS Expert Workshop on the impact of Climate Change on Cetaceans of the Mediterranean and Black Seas

The Final report is available online here

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:07)

 

PostHeaderIcon 18th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

During the CBD Eighteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the ACCOBAMS Secretariat will co-organize with MedPAN and the RAC/SPA, a side event regarding the “Roadmap to achieve an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected system of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean by 2020”. It will be held on Wednesday 25th June, from 6.15 to 7.45 pm.

For more information, please consult the CBD web site: http://www.cbd.int/register/side-events/list.aspx?mtg=SBSTTA-18
 

PostHeaderIcon SC9: Final Report

The final report of the Ninth Meeting of the Scientific Committee is now available (click here)

 

Last Updated (Monday, 19 May 2014 15:09)

 

PostHeaderIcon CBD: Eighteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

For its Eighteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Convention on Biological Diversity has put online the meeting documents.
The ACCOBAMS Secretariat noted with appreciation that reference to the ACCOBAMS Guidelines and to the Methodological guide is made in the SBSTTA meeting documents UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/18/5 and UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/1/2.

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PostHeaderIcon Announcement: Workshop on Climate Change

The ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat organises the ACCOBAMS Expert Workshop on the impact of Climate Change on Cetaceans of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, which will be held in Monaco, on the 11th June 2014 in the Conference room of the Oceanographic Museum.

 
 

PostHeaderIcon Fin whale stranding in Tangier, Morocco

The Permanent Secretariat was informed by the vice-Focal Point of Morocco about a fin whale strading in the harbour of Tangier, Morocco.
The stranded fin whale (about 4.5meters long) was found on April 21st 2014 and was brought to the "Institut National de Recherche Halieutique" Regional Centre of Tangier in order to keep the skeleton for scientific purposes. the remains of the carcass were brought to the landfill site.
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PostHeaderIcon MedPAN - 2014 Call for small projects

2014 Call for Small Projects
MedPAN has launched on April 14th a new Call for Small Projects (CSP) to support the actions led in Mediterranean MPAs.
The aim of this Call for small projects is to:
- Reinforce the management of the MPAs from an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and sustainable financing perspectives,
- Support sustainable management and development of economic activities, especially tourism and fishing.
All the details can be found on the MedPAN website.
 

PostHeaderIcon Atypical Cuvier's beaked whale mass stranding in Greece

The Permanent Secretariat was informed about a recent atypical mass stranding of Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) in South East Crete, Greece. The stranding event took place between 1st and 6th April 2014.
A minimum of 5, but possibly as many as 10 animals are reported to have stranded along 70km of coastline. Necropsies and tissue sampling are being carried out on three whales and analysis is in progress by the Veterinary School of the University of Thessaloniki.
At the time the whale stranding occurred, Navies  of 3 countries have been conducting trilateral military exercises around Crete.
This joint annual military exercise, focused on attack and defend scenarios that include the use of military sonar – a cause of Ziphiid stranding in other parts of the world. The theatre of the exercise was moved 100 km to the south soon after the first stranding events.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:02)

 

PostHeaderIcon Fin whale stranding in Tunisia

M. Mohamed Hmani, Tunisian Focal Point for ACCOBAMS, has informed the Secretariat about a fin whale found stranded on the Tunisian coast in the Sidi Boussaid region.
the fin whale was 13.5 meters long and was barried in the Ghammarth Park.
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