Oceans & Coasts

Report from Workshop on Synergies Among the Rio Conventions Released [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has made available the report of the workshop on capacity building for pilot countries on the implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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Adaptation Fund Calls for Public Comments on Project Proposals [viewed]

Adaptation Fund11 February 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released a call for public comments as seven projects and concept proposals are presently under review. The Adaptation Fund Board secretariat welcomes comments while the proposals are under technical review and screening by the Adaptation Fund. 

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UNEP Riso Releases Coastal Hazard Assessment Tool [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Riso has released the Coastal Hazard Wheel, a tool for coastal hazard assessment. The tool is intended to assist coastal planners and developers in assessing the hazard profile of coastal stretches under changing climatic conditions.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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UN-HABITAT Highlights Urban Adaptation Challenges in Colombia [viewed]

UN-HABITATDecember 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released a report, titled “The Impact of Climate Change on Urban Settlements in Colombia,” which finds that the poor face greater exposure to climate change. It stresses that urban adaptation policy has been neglected in Colombia, which has not mainstreamed adaptation in its national policies. 

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Guest Article #90: Climate Change and Geoengineering: Ocean Fertilization Practicalities, Opportunities and Threats [viewed]

Concern over human-driven climate change and the lack of success in constraining greenhouse gas emissions have increased scientific and policy interest in geo-engineering − deliberate interventions in the Earth's climate system that might moderate global warming. One of the earliest proposed carbon-removal techniques is large-scale ocean fertilization.

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TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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Event: Forum on Tourism, Sustainability and Climate Change in Central America [viewed]

Jointly organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras, with support from the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Honduras' Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SERNA) and several national and regional tourism bodies, this Forum aims to focus on the impact of climate change on Central America's tourism sector, strengthen the sector's ability to address climate change threats and challenges, examine adaptation opportunities and techniques, and discuss steps to implement the 2007 Davos Declaration on Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges. The Forum will feature roundtables on: sustainable tourism opportunities; climate impacts and adaptation in coastal tourist destinations; climate impacts and adaptation in cultural and natural tourism destinations; climate change and mitigation measures in the tourism sector; and policies for climate change and tourism. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) provides secretariat services to the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) and the World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund, both on an interim basis.  

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