The Marine Life Of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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The Marine Life Of Andaman & Nicobar Islands :

The Marine Life Of Andaman & Nicobar Islands The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue, an organization involved in the study of oceans has named Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, among thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean. The two islands are the first spots in India and part of 31 new hope spots across the world added to the existing 19 spots. Continue Reading

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A Hope Spot is an area of ocean that merits special protection because of its wildlife and significant underwater habitats. Some are already formally protected, while others still need protection. “What we’ve done here is identify a number of critical areas that represent a real hope to restore the health of our imperiled ocean . The pristine seas, the World Heritage areas, marine sanctuaries, marine protected areas, reserves – whatever they’re called. We started with 19, now the number is 50 but for me there really is just one Hope Spot – it’s the ocean,” according to Sylvia Earle. "Hope Spots are a wonderful network of places around the world which are new to many of us," says Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme. Continue Reading

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These are areas that in many ways represent all the amazing things we have in the ocean. This is a great opportunity to really cherish these areas and make sure we take care of them for the next generation . The new Hope Spots were announced during the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) currently underway in Marseille, France. Co-organized by IUCN and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency, IMPAC3 gathers over 1,200 marine specialists and ministers from around the world to propose solutions for the conservation and sustainable development of our oceans . Continue Reading

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The Andaman and Nicobar have 572 islands, islets and rocks with unique flora and fauna. There are around 270 species and sub-species of birds in these two islands of which around 106 have been declared endemic. The Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Padauk and Dugong are the state bird, the state tree and the state animal respectively. The islands have 96 wildlife sanctuaries, nine national parks and one biosphere reserve in the islands . While, the IUCN and Mission Blue has 19 Existing Hope Spots, 31 new spots including Central Arctic Ocean, The White Shark Café, Sala y Gómez and Nazca Ridges,The Tasman Sea, Walter’s Shoal, Coral Seamount, Atlantis Bank, The Aghulas Front, Core of the South Pacific Gyre, Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone Continue Reading

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French Overseas territories (Wallis & Futuna), Lord Howe Rise, Maldive Atolls, Sub antarctic islands and their surrounding seas, New Zealand Saya de Malha Banks, Southeast Shoal of the Grand Banks, Emperor Seamount Chain, East Antarctic peninsula, Grand Recif de Toliara , Madagascar, Central American Dome, Jan Mayen , Maputo Bay- Machangulo Complex Mozambique , Central Pacific (High Seas) as Bounded by EEZs of Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia, Dominican Republic designations, Scott Islands, Canada, Northwest Passage, Abrolhos Bank, Chiloe National Park Expansion, Chile and Ascension Island has been added to the list during the IMPAC3. Continue Reading

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Four new spots, Kosterfjorden / Yttre Hvaler , Norway/Sweden, Mergui archipelago, southern Burma, Querimas Islands, northeastern Mozambique and Spitzbergen Island have been proposed to be added in near future . My website

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