1. Coral Triangle Maps of the Month in CT Atlas website
The Coral Triangle Maps of the Month is a bi-weekly email that showcases various maps that highlight the diversity and uniqueness of the Coral Triangle region. The maps also show some of the pressing issues that are threatening this very important resource considered the epicenter of the world's marine biodiversity.
The 6th issues of the maps shows the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Philippines. The maps are generated by the Coral Triangle Atlas team at The WorldFish Center. This map can be viewed at the CT Atlas website (http://ctatlas.reefbase.org
Located in one of the world's most biodiverse marine regions and considered one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world, the Philippines is considered to be a global priority for marine conservation. Both international and local steps are being taken to protect its marine wealth, and the country has become a leader in the Coral Triangle in creating Marine Protected Areas.
As of 2012, the Philippines has over 1,500 marine protected areas (MSN-MSI Unpublished Database). Of the total number, 29 have been nationally designated through the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992 while the rest have been established by local municipalities through various national laws and ordinances.
To download a high-resolution version of this map from the CT Atlas please click http://ctatlas.reefbase.org/pdf/Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Philippines.pdf
To see more maps please view the CT Atlas Map Gallery online (http://ctatlas.reefbase.org/mapgallery.aspx
). To generate your own map, check out the CT Atlas interactive map
User also can put any comment and suggestion in the Forum page (http://ctatlas.reefbase.org/forum.aspx
). The forum page can be access by register using ReefBase user name and password.
2. Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 is now available in ReefBase
Proceedings of the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium 2012 is now available in ReefBase. The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012), held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia from July 9-13th, 2012, was attended by nearly 2000 delegates. The program included over 1500 talks and posters. The Proceedings contains almost 200 contributions from scientists around the world arising from the Symposium. Full papers having been peer-review by experts in the field. The Proceeding is now available online in ReefBase publication
3. First volume of Journal of Indonesian Coral Reefs (JICoR) is available online
Recognizing the urgent need to provide and share scientific data and information to improve coral reef management, the Indonesian Coral Reef Society (INCRES), in collaboration with the Research & Development Center for Marine, Coastal, and Small Islands (MaCSI), Hasanuddin University, have joined forces to jointly publish the Journal of Indonesian Coral Reefs (JICoR). This is the first journal especially dedicated to and focused on publishing interdisciplinary research related to Indonesian coral reefs. The first volume of Journal of Indonesian Coral Reefs is finally available online (http://www.coastal-unhas.com/incres
). It is free download for full-text pdf format.