Oceans & Coasts

Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the International Blue Carbon Initiative's new website.

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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FAO, SPC Release Workshop Report on Priority Adaptations to Climate Change for Pacific Fisheries [viewed]

13 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have released the proceedings of a workshop held in 2012 on "Priority adaptations to climate change for Pacific fisheries and aquaculture: reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities."

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CIFOR Provides Guidance on Adaptation and Mitigation in Tropical Wetlands [viewed]

March 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an overview publication of its Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP), which outlines the project's role in informing national and international policy makers.

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GWP Workshop Discusses Climate Resilience in Bangladeshi Coastal Deltas [viewed]

19 March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) held a workshop on “Building Climate Resilience in the Bangladesh Delta: Managing for Effective Water Solutions,” which considered Bangladesh's present vulnerabilities to climate change and discussed long-term adaptation strategies for the coastal delta areas of Bangladesh.

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GEF SGP Launches Community-Based Adaptation Project in Seychelles [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced the launch of a new small island developing States community based adaption (SIDS-CBA) project in Seychelles. The project will work with coastal communities to address adaptation to coastal erosion and salinity from saltwater intrusion into agricultural lands.

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Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Focuses on Gender [viewed]

15 March 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, jointly funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), is making gender a key consideration in its efforts to build resilience to climate change in Pacific island countries.

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EEA Report Highlights Shipping's Impact on Air Quality and Climate Change [viewed]

EEA14 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a technical report that provides an overview on the state of knowledge on the impact of international shipping in European waters on air quality and climate change. The report calls for addressing both air pollution and greenhouse gases (GHGs) in an integrated manner.

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GEF SGP Implements Community Based Adaptation Portfolio in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced it is implementing a portfolio of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of over US$16 million, leveraged from various partners and donors.

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SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji [viewed]

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

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