We are pleased to announce the release of the latest WIOMSA Magazine! Issue 13 of the WIOMSA Magazine: People and the Environment , focusing on “WIO Marine Conservation: people, progress, prospects” , has been inspired by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Protected Areas Management Network (WIOMPAN). We are delighted that the renowned Dr. Sylvia Earle has written the foreword to Issue 13!
Dr. Earle’s foreword offers a message of hope for marine conservation in the region- “Fifty years ago, it seemed humans could take from –and put into– the ocean – without limit and without concern. Now we know. The swift decline of coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, sharks, tunas, groupers, swordfish and other ocean wildlife and the equally swift rise of polluted waters, increasing temperature and changing ocean chemistry are directly linked to extravagant human activity. We also know there are actions that can be taken to stabilize, recover and improve ocean health. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Western Indian Ocean. In this volume are eloquent, thoughtful contributions that underscore reasons for hope, with clear evidence that our power to destroy can be countered, decline reversed, ecosystems restored. While it is not possible to go back to the planet that today’s grandparents knew, the right actions now can yield for tomorrow’s children a safer, more resilient world. Now we know what our predecessors could not: Protecting the ocean is not an option. Our existence depends on it.”
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