PostHeaderIcon New ACCOBAMS Partners

During its last Meeting (Paris, 9-10 december 2014), the Bureau was presented with the new applications for ACCOBAMS Partnership.

The Permanent Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Status of ACCOBAMS Partner was granted to:
  • The NGO “Association de Gestion Intégrée des Ressources (AGIR)
  • The NGO “Association Monegasque pour la Protection de la Nature (AMPN)
  • The CIMA Research Foundation


PostHeaderIcon Unexpected visitors in the Adriatic

Rare event happened in the Central Adriatic.

5 sperm whales were spotted and recorded by Croatian maritime police in Šibenik archipelago, located in the Northern Dalmatia. As found out later, the same specimen were observed few days before near Vis island, which is located more to the south.
All relevant institutions and organisations were alarmed as well as media and general public. All hope that these marvelous animals, who rarely visit this area, find safe way home.

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Last Updated (Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:54)


PostHeaderIcon High Quality Whale Watching certification registered by ACCOBAMS

Pursuant to the Resolution 5.10 regarding whale watching for commercial purposes in the ACCOBAMS area, the Permanent Secretariat of ACCOBAMS is pleased to announce the official registration at the WIPO, dated 4 September 2014, of the «High Quality Whale Watching " certificate as a collective mark with its logo and the regulations governing its use.

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« Marque collective regroupant les opérateurs d’observation de cétacés
respectueux du code de bonne conduite »

In addition, a first Convention "Partner High Quality Whale Watching ", aimed at implementing the label at national or regional levels was signed in July by the Secretariats of ACCOBAMS and Pelagos Sanctuary, with the French NGO “Souffleurs d’Ecume”. This Convention launches the first implementation of the ACCOBAMS « High Quality Whale Watching » certificate. It will be managed by “Souffleurs d’Ecume” along the French Mediterranean coasts.
The ACCOBAMS Secretariat welcomes the French initiative and reminds that Parties to ACCOBAMS are encouraged to adopt national rules in order to implement at national level the certificate in the relevant bodies, private or public.
Thanks to this certificate, a sustainable Whale Watching, reconciling socio-economics issues with conservation of cetaceans, can develop throughout the ACCOBAMS area and more particularly in the Pelagos Sanctuary.



PostHeaderIcon Mare NOSTRUM Project

The ACCOBAMS Secretariat is pleased to inform you that the two kayakers from "Mare Nostrum" project supported by the ACCOBAMS Secretariat, have reached the Albanian coast last week.
They were warmly welcomed by the President of the Lezha Region and by the Manager of the Shengjin Harbor, thanks to the support of H.E.M. Giuseppe Durazzo, Consul of Albania in Monaco.

kayak 1
Douglas Couet and Louis Wilmotte accompagnied by the President of Lezha Region, M. Pashk Gjoni
Douglas COUET and Louis WILMOTTE are 2 student engaged in a great human and scientific adventure called “Mare Nostrum project”. Their objective is cross the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar to Istanbul by sea kayak.
In addition to the technical achievement of their project, Douglas and Louis contribute to scientific projects (collecting algae, recording underwater noise, opportunistic observation of cetaceans) and to public awareness. At each stop, they try to share their adventure with the local population, and more particularly in schools.
For more information, please consult their web site: http://www.marenostrum-project.com/

kayak 2

Last Updated (Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:20)


PostHeaderIcon Workshop on cetacean live stranding


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
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.




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.

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