IUCN Calls for Protection of Caribbean Reefs


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urged to take “urgent measures” to protect coral reefs in the Caribbean, which is threatened by pollution and aggressive fishing practices in the area. In a report presented at the V World Conservation Congress that began yesterday in the South Korean island of Jeju, IUCN warned that coral cover on Caribbean reefs has spent more than 50 percent in the 1970s to only 8 percent today.

According to the conservation organization, only in some places as remote reefs of the Netherlands Antilles or the Cayman Islands live coral cover is still around about 30 percent, as it is less exposed to natural disasters and human impact.

IUCN recalled that the main causes of the destruction of coral reefs are overfishing, pollution and global warming, so called for measures such as to impose fishing quotas in those areas and expand protected areas. He also stressed the importance of expanding research and on the destruction of these reefs in the oceans around the world, so that the organization, through its Global Network Control of Coral Reefs, take the methodology of their analysis in the Caribbean to other tropical seas.

The group hopes that the results of this research can provide a summary of the situation for 2016. The V World Conservation Congress held in Jeju will last until February 15 to address major global environmental challenges. The event, which is held every four years, takes over from that which took place in Barcelona in October 2008, and has the attendance of government representatives, NGOs, companies, UN agencies and social organizations.

Created in 1948, IUCN includes more than 200 state and local governments and some 900 NGOs, in addition to the volunteer work of nearly 11,000 scientists and experts from 160 countries.



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