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IOCS's Dr. Ellen Pikitch leads 10 x 20 Conference in Rome

Dr. Ellen Pikitch, Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, recently chaired a groundbreaking conference in Rome, which developed guidance for the United Nations to achieve the globally agreed target of conserving at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by the year 2020.

This conference– known as the 10x20 Conference – involved 25 international experts and addressed best practices to promote effective marine protected areas (MPAs). The discussions included dialogue and consensus-building on the best available science, governance, and finance to be used for effective MPA implementation. Dr. Pikitch, and IOCS staff and students, participated in designing, organizing, and executing this important meeting.

During the third day of the conference, diplomatic representatives from 33 countries from around the world, particularly small island developing states along with 11 coastal states, joined the conference to agree a Plan of Action and Scientists’ Consensus Statement. Together, the consensus and call to action provide a roadmap for the conservation and restoration of the ocean, the wealth of life it contains, and the services it provides for all of humankind.

More detailed information on the 10 x 20 Conference can be found here: http://www.italyun.esteri.it/rappresentanza_onu/en/comunicazione/cittadini/the-10x20-initiative-rome-march.html

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