Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ACTION ALERT: Don't Gut Global Protected Area Targets!

There is a real risk that the World Parks Congress will gut the updated target they issue for no-take marine protection.

Retweet this tweet to show your support for protecting 20-30% of our ocean

At the last World Parks Congress in Durban 11 years ago – a marine no-take target was issued of 20-30% no-take of all habitats by 2012. WPC is a global expert forum – that target had the status of providing expert advice to the world’s leaders, governments and convention processes on what they should aspire to achieve. There is a very real risk that that target will be reduced to 5% no-take as the global marine target. This would be a disaster for marine protection globally, and all of the marine park campaigns and programs around the world.

This large target is still on the table, but we need to hold that in place for the next 24 hours leading into the final day of WPC tomorrow when the targets will be locked-in. Today is the last day for influencing this, ahead of tomorrow’s WPC Plenary when the WPC Resolutions will be confirmed.

Can you use Twitter and Facebook as soon as possible today to send a message – a suggested one is below. Reword this as you wish, but please keep the tone sharp but encouraging – no need to mention any numbers. Please use the hashtag #NatureNeedsHalf.

It’s time for a bold aspirational target for marine no-take protection of the world’s oceans @WpcSydney @IUCN #NatureNeedsHalf

You can also retweet this tweet to show your support for protecting 20-30% of our ocean

Thank you!!!
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