ACCOBAMS MOP6 Final Report
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Opening Position: “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” Scientific Coordinator
Due to technical problems, the ACCOBAMS Secretariat would like to let you know that if you have sent your application during the last week, please send it once again because we most likely did not get it.
Really sorry for the inconvenience.
The ACCOBAMS Secretariat has launched a call for proposals for the “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” Scientific Coordinator.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 January 2017.
Last Updated (Monday, 23 January 2017 10:03)
Sixth Meeting of the Parties to ACCOBAMS
The ACCOBAMS Secretariat is pleased to inform you that, thanks to the support provided by the Government of H.S.H. the Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Sixth Meeting of the Parties will be held in MONACO, in the context of the 20th Anniversary of the signature of the ACCOBAMS, from:
Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th November 2016
Hotel NOVOTEL, Monaco
The Meeting will be opened at 9.00 am on Tuesday 22nd November
Funding opportunity – Whitley Awards 2017
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering Whitley Awards and ongoing support to outstanding nature conservationists around the developing world.
The awards are both an international prize and a form of project funding, currently £35.000 over one year. The program is open to applicants from grassroots conservation NGOs incorporated in developing countries that are rich in biodiversity.
WFN invites applications for projects that conserve freshwater and marine ecosystems in addition to those that conserve terrestrial biodiversity.
The application deadline is 31 October 2016.
For additional information: https://whitleyaward.org/apply-for-conservation-funding/how-to-apply/
Opening Position: “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” Project Officer
The Secretariat of ACCOBAMS, based in Monaco, ensures the coordination of the Agreement implementation and provides assistance to the Contracting Parties. In this context, the Secretariat is working on the development of an initiative aimed at responding to the ACCOBAMS strategic objective on improving the understanding of the conservation status of cetaceans at the Mediterranean/Black Sea macroregional level (the “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” – ASI).
One of the objective of the ASI is to establish a baseline framework to assess cetaceans abundance and distribution at the macroregional level. A synoptic survey will be carried out in summer 2017 across the Agreement area combining visual survey methods (boat- and ship-based surveys) and passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) with the participation of scientists of the whole area. When possible, data will be also collected for all species of species of conservation importance encountered (e.g. reptiles, fish, elasmobranchs…).
The overall coordination of the project is provided by the ACCOBAMS Secretariat, according to the mandate given by the Parties to ACCOBAMS, and under the guidance of a Steering Committee. A Scientific Coordinator will be involved in the project for specific tasks/actions related to the scientific aspects of the project.
The Project Officer will ensure the overall coordination of the “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” project. He/she will provide operational management of the project, under the general authority of the ACCOBAMS Executive Secretary and the supervision of the ACCOBAMS Project and Fundraising Officer. He/she will also liaise with the Scientific Coordinator.
This is a full-time position based in the Principality of Monaco, at the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat.
The ASI Project Officer position is a fixed-term contract corresponding to the duration of the project (42 months), starting as soon as possible.
Candidature deadline is October 2nd, 2016
A new step in the international recognition of ACCOBAMS
Thursday, February 11 2016, in Athens, in the context of a ministerial conference, Ms. Descroix-Comanducci, Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS ), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Thiau Ibrahim, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.
Under this agreement, a regular dialogue is established with the Secretariat of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean on matters of political cooperation as the protection of marine areas in areas beyond national jurisdiction, or interactions with fishing and human activities generating threats to cetaceans and other, more technical. In particular ACCOBAMS sees himself confirmed in his leading role in the Ecosystem Approach of the Barcelona Convention, not only with regard to cetacean populations as indicators of the state of the marine environment but also to matters relating to the impact of noise known to have become a major concern for the conservation of living resources of our oceans.
2016 Call for Proposals
After consultation with the Bureau of the Parties, the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat is pleased to inform you about the launch of a new call for proposals for projects to be funded under the ACCOBAMS Supplementary Conservation Fund (SCF).
In view to support contributions towards the implementation of the ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative, the projects proposed under this call for proposals should address the issues related to cetaceans distribution and abundance.
The applications should reach the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat before 1st March 2016.
Developing Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines for noise-generating offshore industries for the CMS Family
The Permanent Secretariat would like to inform you about the call for tenders which is up on the CMS (http://www.cms.int/en/about/organizational-structure/opportunities) and ASCOBANS (http://www.ascobans.org/en/page/secretariat) websites.
The deadline for submission of offers is 15 November.
Crowdfunding to the rescue of whales
The REPCET system (Real-time Plotting of Cetaceans) was created by the NGO Souffleurs d’Ecume in the framework of the activities of the Pelagos Sanctuary. The collaborative system aims at reducing the risks of collisions between ships and large cetaceans, first cause of mortality for whales in the Mediterranean.
As a collaborative system, around 30 ships must be equipped with REPCET in the North-western Mediterranean for the system to be fully efficient. To spread this biodiversity conservation tool, the NGO can count on the support of a few pioneer companies already equipped but also on the support of the general public to equip more ships and thus demonstrate the usefulness of the system to shipping companies.
The KissKissBankBank platform was chosen to appeal to the generosity of the public. Anyone can give, starting from 5€, in exchange for compensations offered by the NGO going from an autographed picture of the team to the participation to a research programme at sea on Mediterranean marine mammals.
Within the 60-day fundraising period, the NGO hopes to collect a minimum of 35,000€, enough to equip 5 new ships and raise awareness among shipping companies. Each extra 7,000€ will allow to equip a new ship (material, annual subscription to the system and awareness raising efforts). A very beautiful animated movie introduces the project.
This campaign is complementary to efforts from different horizons in favour of the conservation of large cetaceans from ship strikes: ship owners, the State and its local authorities as well as NGOs such as WWF and the Fondation Nicolas Hulot which support the REPCET initiative.
Scientific organisation for the conservation of cetaceans and their habitats
EU LIFE + MIGRATE project's video
The Permanent Secretariat has been informed that the EU LIFE + MIGRATE project's video has been uploaded on the project website.
Please refer to either of the following links:
2015 ACCOBAMS Cetaceans Day
The Permanent Secretariat of ACCOBAMS will celebrate the first edition of the “ACCOBAMS Cetaceans Day” on June 5th, 2015. This annual initiative, enshrined in the ACCOBAMS Working Programme adopted by the Parties in November 2013, should be celebrated in the 23 Countries of the Agreement. It aims at raising awareness regarding the impacts of human activities on the conservation of cetaceans, particularly pollution by floating marine litter and underwater noise that significantly disrupt the life of cetaceans.
The Cetacean Day provides therefore an opportunity to educate the public and schools to these threats. The Department of the Environment, which implements ACCOBAMS Resolutions, joins this initiative. Information will be disseminated by the Office of Tourism and the Oceanographic Museum, an ACCOBAMS partner. This year, the main message is "Adopt a responsible behavior, particularly when you're on the boat by not disposing of your plastic waste and by not approaching cetaceans within 100 meters when you observe them. Cetacean conservation is everybody's business. "
Finally, the Fishermen Gallery in Monaco, hosts until June 8th, an exhibition of photographs of ACCOBAMS and its Partners, capturing extraordinary moments of the life of whales, orcas and dolphins. Not to be missed!
Le Secrétariat Permanent de l’ACCOBAMS célèbrera la première édition de la journée des cétacés de l’ACCOBAMS le 5 juin 2015. Cette initiative annuelle, inscrite dans le programme de travail de l’ACCOBAMS adopté par les pays Parties en novembre 2013, devrait être célébrée dans les 23 Pays de l’Accord. Elle vise à sensibiliser le public quant aux impacts des activités humaines sur la conservation des cétacés, en particulier les pollutions par les déchets flottants en mer et par le bruit sous-marin qui perturbent significativement le mode de vie des cétacés.
La Journée des Cétacés est donc l’occasion de sensibiliser le public et les écoles à ces menaces. La Direction de l’Environnement, qui met en œuvre les résolutions de l’ACCOBAMS, s’associe à cette initiative. Des informations seront diffusées par l’Office du Tourisme et le Musée Océanographique, partenaire de l’ACCOBAMS. Le message principal de cet année est : « Adoptez donc un comportement responsable, en particulier lorsque vous êtes en bateau en ne jetant pas vos déchets plastiques et en ne vous approchant pas à moins de 100 mètres des cétacés lorsque vous les observez. La conservation des cétacés est l’affaire de tous ».
Enfin, la Galerie des Pêcheurs à Monaco, accueille jusqu’au 8 juin, une exposition de photographies de l’ACCOBAMS et de ses partenaires, capturant des instants exceptionnels de la vie de baleines, orques et dauphins. A ne pas manquer !