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

In the waters of the Patagonian Sea various pollutants are detected, such as hydrocarbons, heavy metals, persistent toxic substances (PCB and others), effluent discharges that cause eutrophication and urban solid waste. Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons affect coastal and marine areas, and may originate both in spills from the oil industry and in small chronic discharges associated with commercial shipping practices. The presence of heavy metals is mainly confined to the ports. Persistent toxic substances are found in highly industrialized coastal areas, like the Greater Buenos Aires. Urban effluents and discharges coming from farming areas provide organic waste and residues rich in phosphates and nitrates. Sewage discharges promote eutrophication in coastal waters and are also associated with human diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Among all kinds of solid waste from urban and industrial sources, plastic is the most worrying part, because it can persist in the sea for years and can potentially affect a variety of animal species.


The Working Group "Clean Patagonian Sea" of our Forum gathered information on the main pollution threats affecting key areas of the Patagonian Sea in order to identify priorities and opportunities for promoting mitigation activities in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

Magellanic penguins breeding near shipping routes of oil tankers. © V. Ruoppolo

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World Ocean Day 2017

World Ocean Day 2017

Towards a commitment of Argentina in the conservation of the ocean A group of civil society organizations promotes greater protection of the ocean ecosystem through the creation of National Marine Parks. These would be relevant areas for restoring fisheries, protecting emblematic species and collaborating in adaptation to climat change  

Opportunity for joint conservation activities between Argentina and Ch…

Opportunity for joint conservation activities between Argentina and Chile

En la VIII Reunión Binacional de Ministros de Argentina y Chile, llevada a cabo en Buenos Aires el 16 de diciembre con la presencia de los embajadores de ambos países se acordó avanzar en la "identificación de áreas marinas de interés mutuo para la conservación del ecosistema" lindero entre estos países.

Simposio sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas. Puerto Madryn

Simposio sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas. Puerto Madryn

Martes 29 de noviembre, en la Sede Puerto Madryn de la Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia. Se analizará el estado de las áreas costero marinas en el Cono Sur, se rescatarán las lecciones aprendidas en diferentes países y se buscarán las oportunidades de articulación para el establecimiento de un sistema efectivo de áreas marinas protegidas en la región.  

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Clean Patagonian Sea

In the waters of the Patagonian Sea various pollutants are detected, such as hydrocarbons, heavy metals, persistent toxic substances (PCB and others), effluent discharges that cause eutrophication and urban solid waste. Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons affect coastal and...

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The training program for Young Leaders of Marine Conservation aims to train professionals with a trans-disciplinary approach, while fostering communication and exchange of experiences between them. The courses are aimed at issues related to the implementation of public policies, societal values , decision making processes, strategic planning, public participation, conflict resolution, communication and education strategies.

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World Ocean Day 2017

Towards a commitment of Argentina in the conservation of the ocean A group of civil society organizations promotes greater protection of the ocean ecosystem through the creation of National Marine Parks. These would be relevant areas for restoring fisheries, protecting emblematic species and collaborating in adaptation to climat change  

Opportunity for joint conservation activities between Argent…

En la VIII Reunión Binacional de Ministros de Argentina y Chile, llevada a cabo en Buenos Aires el 16 de diciembre con la presencia de los embajadores de ambos países se acordó avanzar en la "identificación de áreas marinas de interés mutuo para la conservación del ecosistema" lindero entre estos países.

Simposio sobre Áreas Marinas Protegidas. Puerto Madryn

Martes 29 de noviembre, en la Sede Puerto Madryn de la Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia. Se analizará el estado de las áreas costero marinas en el Cono Sur, se rescatarán las lecciones aprendidas en diferentes países y se buscarán las oportunidades de articulación para el establecimiento de un sistema efectivo de áreas marinas protegidas en la región.  

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