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The Cousteau Society follow the resolutions of the COP21 in the Streets among the civil society
The Cousteau Society follow the resolutions of the COP21 in the Streets among the civil society
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. The agreement approved in Paris is not yet the best achievement and it is a long way from answering all the demands. But it is definetely an important step toward a post-carbon society. We can rejoice that the 1,5°C is clearly mentioned and the target of zero emissions by the second half of the century as well. This resolution places the fossil fuel industry as part of History. We now leave the COP21, peacefully supported by civil society engagements, who care about our blue planet and who are confident that change is possible ! Is this sufficient to make a sustainable society ? Of course not ! We need to consider not only carbon footprints, but also to solve the 6th mass extinction of the species that we are causing. We need to not only allow the big players, the usual suspects, to make more money and speculate on the green and post carbon related high technologies, but to solve the dreadful problem of social inequality. The nations which have caused most of the climate problems are still promising too little to the people who suffer from climate change in developing countries. But still, despite all the challenges we still have to face, something happened in Paris during COP21 that will be part of History. The Cousteau Society walked with the civil society through the streets of Paris on the 12th of December during the final annoucement of COP21. It was great to see the beauty of diverse people, caring for our planet and for their brothers and sisters. People from the whole world, different cultures, different arguments, however the borders were vanished for a while, the Parisian streets were South American, Asian, European, African, Australian, from the Ocean, the Polar Areas and from the rain forests! And if there is hope, it is certainly promoted by those beautiful and connected hearts, who walked together side by side to create the fairer and greener society that we need.
The Cousteau Society in Dubai for the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Cousteau Society in Dubai for the Convention on Biological Diversity
The Cousteau Society, represented by Tarik Chekchak, takes part to an international workshop organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in Dubai from the 20 to the 25 of April. The Cousteau Society goal is to describe and identify with CBD significant marine areas deserving the greatest attention of the United Nations. The workshop focus on the north-west indian ocean région and adjacent gulf areas, as the Red Sea and the Aden gulf. Dr Dirar Hassan Nasr, representative of Sudan and Tarik Chekchak, feature the importance of the Sudanese coast and the Socotra archipelago (Yemen). The CBD is one of the three international treaty signed during the Rio Summit in 1992 (Convention on Climate Change and Convention to combat desertification). The Conference of the Parties, its governing body, advances implementation through the decisions adopted at its periodic meetings. At the outcome of the tenth meeting in Nagoya, the signatory countries formulate a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity with the purpose of safeguarding biodiversity and enhance its benefits for people. Twenty objectives, so-called the Aichi Biodiversity targets, will have to be achieved by the end of 2020. To make this plan concrete, several regional workshops will be hold to draw up the inventory of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs).
The oceans at the heart of climate change
The oceans at the heart of climate change
On the occasion of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, The Cousteau Society will provide you with keys to understance the importance of ocean in climate change. Data visualisations will be available regulary on our website. This month, discover the crucial role of oceans in regulating the excess heat induced by greenhouse gases.
Ecuador seized around 200000 shark fins
Ecuador seized around 200000 shark fins
Ecuador seized around 200,000 shark fins and arrested three suspected poachers at the country’s main fishing port, the government said on Wednesday. Ecuadorian authorities reported that at least 300,000 sharks were killed by the traffickers. This is in one of the most serious environmental crimes reported in the country in years, despite ecuadorian laws prohibiting shark fishing since 2007. Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins while the remainder of the living shark is discarded in the ocean. Coveted in Asia for medicinal uses and as a delicacy, shark fins are among the most expensive seafood products, commonly retailing at US$700 per kg.* Despite international support for a ban on cutting off fins (100 countries in 2014), many countries continue to practice shark finning. About 30 % of sharks are fished for their fins (this data is difficult to ascertain because of illegal fishing). This practice is considered as the major cause of the global decline in shark numbers. **. Populations have declined by 90 % worldwide and one in three shark species is threatened with extinction ( IUCN – 2003). The Cousteau Society is working towards the resolution of this issue by developing a project to protect shark populations in the Red Sea: Project Sharks and Rays of the Red Sea. Source : * Stefania Vannuccini, « Shark utilization, marketing and trade. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 389. Rome », Fisheries and Aquaculture Department – FAO,‎ 1999** P. Deynat, Requin : entre menaces et espoirs, Apnéa, 2010, p. 46-50. 
The World Ocean Summit 2015
The World Ocean Summit 2015
The third World Ocean Summit will be held in Lisbon, on June 5th 2015. Pierre-Yves Cousteau, IUCN marine program officer, will represent IUCN project. The conference will focus on « the blue economy ». This emerging concept is based on reconciling the notions of economic growth and environmental protection. The global ocean, like the other ecosystems, is regarded as a source of goods and services to manage sustainably. Much economic activity in the ocean remains based on unsustainable over-exploitation or pollution. A trend that could be countered thanks to the World Ocean Summit initiative. Indeed, during the second instance, the notion of sustainable ocean economy was clarified and the governance frameworks required to enable it was considered. The third summit represents the next step where hundreds of global leaders, business, governments and the international ocean community, will gather and explore realistic solutions. An answer to this question could be outlined : how can we make the transition from a conventional ocean economy to a new ‘blue’ economy? 
World Oceans Days – UNESCO
World Oceans Days – UNESCO
In honor of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on June 8th 2015, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will bring together scientific, political decision-makers and members of the civil society. Several workshops and plenary sessions are planned focusing on the impacts of climate change on the ocean and its essential role into the phenomenon. Organized in the lead-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), this event aims to mobilize several stakeholders working on the topic in order to bring out actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation of COP21. The messages will underline how crucial an “ambitious” Paris Agreement is to ensure ocean health. © UNESCO   For more information:UNESCO websiteOcean and Climate Platform  
The Cousteau team was present in the debate about the Danube Delta at the Romanian Cultural Institute
The Cousteau team was present in the debate about the Danube Delta at the Romanian Cultural Institute
The Cousteau Society participated in a debate about the biodiversity of Danube Delta, where the Captain Jacques Cousteau developed a deep research on the beginning of 90’s. Expedition that collaborated with the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site implementation on 1991. On board, Jacques Cousteau traveled through Danube River from its source, the Black Forest, in Germany (1991) to the Danube delta in the border of Romania and Ukraine (1992). The two years experience provided a final recommendation report “The Danube, for whom and why? ” and the documentary “Danube” , which is divided in 4 movies about this project of Jacques Cousteau and his team:– Danube 1: Lever de Rideau– Danube 2: Le rêve de charlemagne– Danube 3: Les cris du fleuve– Danube 4: Les débordements du fleuve The recommendations include a comprehensive approach that link ecology, economy, technology and the social and political systems, which propose the communication between countries due its transboundary areas.The plans of the Cousteau Society has continued in recent years and was recognized by Bucharest in 2007 with the nomination of Francine Cousteau as “Ambassador for the Danube Delta”. During the event, the Education and Communication Project Manager, Marcella De Oliveira Pinho Silva presented parts of the documentary in a discussion among environmental stakeholders about the importance to preserve the Romanian biodiversity. 
The Cousteau Team in the 3rd Symposium “Polar bears and the Arctic environment“ at UNESCO Headquarters
The Cousteau Team in the 3rd Symposium “Polar bears and the Arctic environment“ at UNESCO Headquarters
On the last 26th September,  Tarik Chekchak, Director of Science and Environment in The Cousteau Society, mediated a roundtable in the in the 3rd Symposium “Polar bears and the Arctic environment“ at UNESCO Headquarters.  The subject How could we imagine cohabitation? approuched the close relations between people and polar bears, but also issues related to the development of the Arctic and the impact of climate change. The Symposium dedicated to polar bears in the Arctic environment devoted to two fundamental questions: is it possible and do we want to live alongside the polar bears? During this event the film “Nuits Boréales” was projected and discussed with the participation of its producers.   More information on: https://vimeo.com/139836284 http://en.unesco.org/events/living-polar-bears   
Triste nouvelle: Claude Wesly est décédé
Triste nouvelle: Claude Wesly est décédé
L’équipe Cousteau est triste d’apprendre que Claude Wesly est décédé. Il fût l’un des premiers hommes à vivre et à travailler sous l’eau pendant les expériences “Pré-continent” dans les années 60, et il est décédé aujourd’hui à l’âge de 87 ans. Le monde de la plongée a perdu une légende, un pionnier et un homme chaleureux et amusant, qui avait toujours des mots encourageants. Tu vas vraiment nous manquer Claude ! Merci infiniment de nous avoir accompagné toutes ces années ! Nous avons partagé avec toi récemment notre joie d’avoir contribué à faire inclure dans un site Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO l’atoll de Shab Rumi, qui au Soudan fut le lieu de tes exploits avec le commandant Cousteau dans le cadre de l’expérience Pré-Continent II.
Calypso est mise à l’abri
Calypso est mise à l’abri
Le 3 octobre en fin d’après midi Calypso a été installée sur un portique de transbordement . Cette opération délicate s’est terminée vers minuit.
Au cœur de Calypso, partie 6
Au cœur de Calypso, partie 6
Les travaux avancent:Pendant que se construisait le hangar,l’architecte naval et les charpentiers de marine étaient à l’oeuvre pour retirer toutes les pièces défectueuses et les remplacer par les nouvelles membrures.
Au cœur de Calypso, partie 5
Au cœur de Calypso, partie 5
Le hangar est presque fini, la semaine dernière le béton a été versé sur le sol, nous attendons que celui-ci durcisse. Nous prévoyons ensuite de transférer CALYPSO dans son abri ce samedi 1er Octobre 2016.  Les prévisions météo sont bonnes pour toute la semaine, donc l’opération devrait se faire sans obstacles.
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