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Success! Chagos Islands Now A Fully Protected Marine Reserve

Success! Chagos Islands Now A Fully Protected Marine Reserve

As Earth day approaches we recognize the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. Here is one recent success story that reminds us just how powerful our actions can be.

Over several months, activists and organizations around the world sent messages — and nearly 12,000 Care2 members signed a petition — urging the British Government to protect the marine area of the Chagos Islands. The comment period ended March 5th, and just one month later, actions are being put into place.

An announcement made last week by UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, served as a victory. Thank you, Miliband, for designating the Chagos as a no-take marine reserve. This announcement makes the Chagos marine reserve the largest marine protected area in the world.

Measuring more than 210,000 square miles, the Chagos area, located near the centre of the Indian Ocean, consists of tropical islands, coral reefs and diverse wildlife. In order to protect the diversity of the local marine life, activities such as industrial fishing and deep sea mining will be prohibited.

Thank you to all the people and organizations around the world who took action. This huge success for the Chagos Islands and the surrounding marine area, would not have been possible without your support!

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5:15AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Glad to know even this is an old success story.

1:03AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Very good.

3:01AM PDT on Mar 19, 2014

Chagos Islands; An update from march, 2014: (The Guardian)

6:30AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

We love success stories.

7:29PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

wonderful news !!!

9:25AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

En el año 2000 se promulgó la CARTA DE LA TIERRA, la cual es un conjunto de preceptos acerca de lo que el ser humano debe o no debe hacer en relación con el medio que lo rodea y los seres que se encuentran en su entorno. fue realizada por la Comisión Mundial de la ONU para el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo.
Si su país firmó la CARTA DE LA TIERRA ustedes tienen los fundamentos legales internacionales de la ONU, para obligar a estas poderosas empresas depredadoras del Medio Ambiente a someterse a las leyes.

Entre sus preceptos se destaca:
a) Respetar la tierra y la vida en toda su diversidad. Esto implica reconocer que todos los seres son interdependientes y que toda forma de vida, sea cual fuere su utilidad, tiene valor para los seres humanos.
b) Cuidar la comunidad de la vida con entendimiento, compasión, y amor.
c) Asegurar que los frutos y la belleza de la Tierra se preserven para las generaciones presentes y futuras.

9:14AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

¡Una reserva marina de esas dimensiones, alegra nuestro corazón. y nos muestra que nuestros esfurzos dan frutos, haya ocurrido en 2010 o en 2014. Ocurrió mientras estoy viva, lo estoy disfrutando, y lo que es más importante.....sus efectos lo disfrutarán mis nietos, y mis biznietos. .

6:36PM PST on Mar 5, 2014


8:10AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

by Megan S.April 6, 20105:00 pm - really NEWS ???!!!

6:24AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Brilliant achievement, well done to all who took part. Think there might be a few success stories since 2010!

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