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From Hope Spot to Marine Protected Area: Celebrating the Palmahim Slide!

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

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Three cheers for the Palmahim Slide Hope Spot and Champions! On September 21st, Tamar Zandberg, Isr

ael's Minister of Environmental Protection, signed a degree declaring the first unique offshore marine reserve in Israel's EEZ. Called Glishat Palmahim, this marine reserve will protect 450 sq km, as part of Israel's commitment to protecting at least 30% of their territorial waters by 2030. The Palmahim Slide Hope Spot Champions and their organization The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) have been working towards this success for nearly five years – they published the first proposal for the reserve in 2018 and have been promoting the protected area for more than four and a half years.

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Looming over the waters of the South San Jorge Gulf Hope Spot in southern Patagonia, Argentina are rolling green hills and a winding road that traces the coastal edges of Santa Cruz province. The only city along the Gulf is Caleta Olivia, home to 50,000 people who, known to them or not, share a blue backyard with creatures like whales, dolphins and other species.

César Gribaudo, CEO of Patagonia Red Global, likes to call his home “Ciudad de las Ballenas” – “City of the Whales”. He began conducting research on the marine life in the area in 1986 and he and his partners’ work remains some of the very little scientific research done on the whales and other marine life in the Gulf. Gribaudo and Angeles Rodriguez, International Communication Chief and Laboratory and Field Director of Patagonia Red Global are hoping to invigorate broader public support for expanding formal marine protection.

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