INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SOUTHERN CONE SEAS

This marine ecosystem neighbors with the Southern Cone of South America. It ranges from the southern part of Brazil to Tierra del Fuego, by the side of the Atlantic Ocean, while by the Pacific side extends to the channels and fjords of southern Chile. It incorporates high productivity areas, relevant fisheries, key foraging sectors for wildlife and migration corridors of turtles, birds and marine mammals. To achieve its preservation requires cooperation among peoples, organizations, scientists and authorities from various countries and territories.


PHOTO: Albatross flying over the waves. © G. Harris


Why is it important?

Climate change. It helps to mitigate the greenhouse effect, absorbing large amounts of atmospheric CO2 with the help of phytoplankton.

Natural spectacles. Its large aggregations of albatrosses, penguins, whales and other marine fauna are unique.

Ecosystem services. It provides valuable services to human society such as food, transportation, tourism and sanitation, among others.

 

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2013, a year of achievements and challenges for the Forum

The launch of the new Website is an opportunity for assessing the results of the activities undertaken in 2013 by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, in regards of the state of the regional marine ecosystem. We can proudly say that there was a remarkable level of cooperation among the civil society organizations included in this network, which...

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Member organizations of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea have published recently a book in Spanish with maps and information on 22 relevant sites for the conservation of species, habitats and ecosystems surrounding the Southern Cone, close to Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Most sites comprise extensive marine areas; some of them are coastal waters while others are located off-shore. The book...

Argentine Congress passes a law establishing the first entir…

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