[MARMAM] **Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas**

MMPATF IMMA immacoordinator at gmail.com
Mon Jan 8 02:49:46 PST 2018


***Reminder - Submissions of candidate IMMA areas of interest for the North
East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas** *


Dear Subscribers,


This is an reminder for submissions of Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA)
areas of interest in the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas.
The deadline for all submissions is by midnight *Sunday February 25th 2018*
.


The IMMA is a global initiative developed by the IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine
Mammal Protected Areas Task Force (IUCN-MMPATF). The aim of IMMA
classification is to identify and delineate discrete areas of habitat
throughout the world's seas and oceans, important for one or more species
of marine mammal, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for
conservation. This will require the application of a standardized process
for the collation and categorization of evidence, using a consistent
protocol and agreed methodology.


The Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Islands regions were assessed in 2016 and
2017. The results of these workshops can now be accessed via the dedicated
IMMA e-Atlas facility www.marinemammalhabitat.org/imma-eatlas


The next region to be assessed by invited experts will be held in Kota
Kinabalu - Malaysia - during March 2018, at a specially convened Regional
IMMA Workshop for the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas. To
assist those participating experts to investigated where IMMAs may be
located the IUCN-MMPATF would like to invite interested parties to submit
proposals using the IMMA standard web platform, which can be accessed
through the following link - https://goo.gl/XydMzo - please be advised that
you can only submit one proposal per survey taken. However, should you wish
to submit more than one proposal, please complete this survey multiple
times using the same link provided.


All submissions will be collated and presented to participating experts at
the North East Indian Ocean and South East Asian Seas Regional IMMA
Workshop in March 2018. The IUCN-MMPATF would like to thank you for your
interest in the IMMA initiative. Further information about IMMAs can be
found at the Task Force homepage (www.marinemammalhabitat.org/) and on the
Task Force IMMA Facebook page (tinyurl.com/zr9rvf4).


For any further questions or assistance please contact the IUCN-MMPATF at
immacoordinator<at>gmail.com


Dr Michael J. Tetley - IMMA Coordinator


IUCN Joint SSC/WCPA Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force
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