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Minister calls for urgent action to protect planet’s oceans
"Those of us who can help must step up to support the ocean to adapt to climate change." - Rebecca Pow

Government pressing for marine protection targets to be tripled

Environment minister Rebecca Pow is urging governments around the globe to join the 30by30 initiative. This initiative, led by the UK, aims to protect at least 30 per cent of the planet’s oceans by 2030.

Speaking at the launch of an animated film created by Greenpeace, which depicts endangered marine life, the minister spoke passionately about the affects of climate change on the world’s oceans, stating that “those of us who can help must step up to support the ocean to adapt to climate change.”

The minister continued: “Our government is already rolling out nature-based solutions to tackle it, for example our work to maintain and enhance 20,000 hectares of mighty mangroves in Madagascar, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

But change requires collective effort. That’s why we’re calling for at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean to be safeguarded by Marine Protected Areas in the course of this decade.”

The government has asserted that increasing the range of Marine Protected Areas is crucial to reducing the impact of climate change, adding that marine protection targets need to be higher, as the current ten per cent targets do not provide adequate protection against biodiversity loss.

At the forefront of marine protection, the UK has recently designated 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), covering 12,000 square kilometres, for a total of 91 MCZs. This means that now more than 40 per cent of English waters are designated as marine protection areas.

The UK is encouraging all countries to join the Global Alliance announced by the Prime Minister last year, in support of the 30by30 target as part of a new global biodiversity framework in October 2020.

Defra has also released a new video on the urgent need for global action on ocean protection, narrated by musician and activist Sting and screened at the Greenpeace event.

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.