Marine plasctic debris and microplastics:Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change

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plasticPlastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics, and describes approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted issue. The study is divided into four main sections: Background, Evidence Base, Taking Action, and Conclusions and Key Research Needs.

Marine plasctic debris and microplastics:Global lessons and research to inspire

Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin

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Seychelles magpie robin by Martijn Hammers

The Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum was once one of the most threatened birds in the world, but was downgraded from Critically Endangered to Endangered after a long-term recovery programme was successfully implemented. Comprehensive long-term monitoring of this species was conducted on the islands of Cousin and Cousine over an 18-year period. We report here on the species longevity and annual survival at these two sites.

Julie Gane and April Burt  Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum

Jorgensen et al 2015

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structure and fish and the fish are keeping the algae down promoting coral recovery

A Nature Seychelles’ study focusing on the link between coral reefs and fish populations at several sites around Cousin Island Special Reserve – published in the scientific journal Ocean & Coastal Management.

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The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) #islands2014 launched

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cousinThe UN has officially launched 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) #islands2014

“The International Year is an opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary resiliency and rich cultural heritage of the people of small island developing States” — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The International Year of Small Island Developing States seeks to celebrate the contributions that this group of countries has made to the world. Small islands are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, and have enriched the world through their music, diversity and heritage.

Islanders are also at the forefront of efforts to protect the world’s oceans and their vast biodiversity, and are addressing pressing global issues such as climate change and rising sea levels through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

For more information on how you can get involved in the International Year go to http://www.un.org/islands2014

 

The secret world of mini-beasts

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Do you ever think about the wonderful world of mini-beasts,the most numerous and diverse of species of animals?

The term mini-beasts applies to various invertebrates such as insects, spiders, ants, butterflies, bees, wasps, and beetles. Many can be seen – and studied with the naked eye or a hand lens – on leaves, tree barks, in the soil, and in water. But this world of wonder and invention mostly goes on unobserved. Read the rest of this entry »