Friday, 19 October 2012

120 marine biodiversity hotspots identified

Into the deep unknown - scientists unveil the secrets of our seas
October 2012. New facts about marine life have enabled scientists to locate some of the ocean's most ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs), in the planet's most remote places. At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls on the international community to protect them.

Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative
This is the first time the world ocean, including its international waters, has come under scientific scrutiny, combining new facts about the distribution, migration routes and reproductive, nesting and nursing grounds of many threatened species, such as tuna, sharks, turtles and whales. The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, of which IUCN is a partner, has been engaged in compiling and processing the new data.

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