IUCN World Conservation Congress

The documentary series Whales of the Mediterranean Sea will be shown at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, Wednesday October 8, 2008 at 4:10pm. It is showing as part of Conservation Cinema and will be English with Spanish subtitles. Erich Hoyt, reknowned author and Senior Research Fellow and Global MPA Programme Leader from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) will introduce the films. His work on Marine Protected Areas are also featured in the documentaries. Whales of the Mediterranean Sea POSTER The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a meeting of more than 8,000 of the world’s leading decision makers in sustainable development: from governments, NGOs, business, the United Nations and academia. Delegates will be together in one place for 10 days to debate, share, network, learn, commit, vote and decide how we can best safeguard the diversity of life on Earth.

As a documentary series selected for showing, Whales of the Mediterranean Sea provides a glimpse into work on conservation and science from Tethys Research Institute, Alnitak, Pelagos Institute, Delphis MDC and WWF, along with the dramatic efforts of Oceana. Oceana is almost single handedly combating the biggest marine conservation problem in the Mediterranean – the persistent use of illegal driftnets, a practice so destructive, it indiscriminately kills all forms of marine life, including whales and dolphins.

The emphasis of the Congress will be on making real change happen from local to global levels, across all sectors and domains, with young and old, men and women, in cities and rural areas, and from all cultural perspectives, to shape sustainable solutions for our future.

The ‘Whales of the Mediterranean Sea’ project was produced for a mainstream audience, with the intention of raising awareness, addressing challenges, creating opportunities and offering potential solutions to the problems facing this semi-enclosed sea in one of the most populous regions in the world.

Whales of the Mediterranean Sea is a series of films by Chris and Genevieve Johnson from earthOCEAN, known for producing the award-winning PBS webseries covering the 85,000-mile “Voyage of the Odyssey” with Roger Payne (2000-2005).