An Australian Coral Sea Heritage Park

An international coalition presented a proposal to the government of Australia to create the world's largest no-take marine park in the Coral Sea, an area that is important to the world's marine environment and significant in its deep historical and cultural ties to the region.

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Imogen Zethoven

Director, Global Shark Conservation

Imogen Zethoven joined Pew in 2007 as project manager for the Coral Sea Campaign and, two years later, became director of the program to establish the world's largest fully protected marine park. She became director of Pew's Global Shark Conservation in November 2013.Before joining Pew, Zethoven worked in many organizations and agencies, including the Australian Prime Minister's Ecologically Sustainable Development process and the Federal Environment Minister's statutory Biological Diversity Advisory Committee. Before joining Pew, she worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), helping to designate one-third of the Great Barrier Reef as a marine park closed to fishing. This action created the world's largest network of highly protected marine reserves.She later moved to Berlin to lead WWF's global climate change campaign, PowerSwitch!, which focused on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Previously, Zethoven headed the Queensland Conservation Council, where she led a campaign to curb land clearing in Queensland that protected 4 million hectares (8.8 million acres) of endangered and vulnerable ecosystems. She has also worked as environmental advisor to the leader of the Australian Democrats in Canberra.In 2006, Zethoven was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for her service to conservation in Queensland.She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and a master's degree in environmental studies from the University of Adelaide. View Profile