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Europe and Central Asia
16 Aug 2017

The Living Infinite

By Christopher Sands

In the editorial of  the special 'marine' edition of  our Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Christopher Sands casts his eyes to the ocean.  

 

“The sea is everything.
It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy.
It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.
The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence.
It is nothing but love and emotion;
it is the Living Infinite.”

-  Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

 

In this joined-up July & August issue of our newsletter, we, like so many of you, cast our eyes to the ocean. Our marine issue features a range of articles which capture our dedication to the ‘bounding main’ and her denizens, so many of which are threatened.  Oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface, hence the ‘Blue Planet’, and these waters are essential to our environment’s health and our climate.   As Jules Verne wrote, the sea is the “Living Infinite” where one feels “life stirring on all sides”.

Such was the thrilling expedition of BirdLife’s European Marine Conservation Officer, Marguerite Tarzia on her Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a month long odyssey across the high seas with a team of international scientists on NERC’s research vessel RRS Discovery.

On the home shores, our EU Marine Policy Officer, Bruna Campos, helmed a fascinating marine event, dubbed ‘What’s the Catch?’, hosted at the European Parliament by MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos to discuss the importance of increasing effective measures to protect our seabirds from the threat of bycatch.

And on the glittering Monaco littoral, BirdLife CEO Patrica Zurita, paid tribute to HSH Prince Albert II for his unstinting and generous commitment to BirdLife’s work both on and off the ocean blue.

Finally, we remind you of the words of our regional Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez when he calls the conservation of marine biodiversity a “challenging enterprise”. Many marine species are incredibly difficult to observe or track and there is an inherent lack of data and research resources in many countries, both here in Europe and globally. In a new scientific paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Marine Policy he and his co-authors provide the latest data and analysis on the EU’s Special Protection Areas and offers critical new insights into how well Europe is protecting its seabirds.

So Ahoy Matteys, enjoy the summer doldrums while they last!

 

Christopher Sands - Head of Communications, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia

This article is the editorial of the July/August edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter. Read it here in full.